Solar cup gives students hands-on learning experiences in water conservation and STEM engineering through solar-powered boat races

Water splashed underneath the Riverside Poly High School boat as senior Natalie Jones piloted it across Lake Skinner under a sun-drenched sky early Friday.

“We’ve got a new steering system this year so I had to get used to that,” said Jones after an endurance race qualifier. “It was real easy turning. I had to get used to not (touching) it when I was going straight.”

Poly is one of 38 teams of high school students from across Southern California taking part in the three-day Solar Cup, a solar-powered boat competition now in it’s 14th year.

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