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July - August 2011

Muir Outshines Competition at Solar Cup

boatEven more congratulations go out to the team of budding engineers and scientists from John Muir High School’s Engineering and Environmental Science Academy, whose solar-powered boat performed magnificently at the 2011 Solar Cup.
MWD’s annual event challenges teams from Southern California high schools to build, equip and race 16-foot, single-seat canoes powered only by the sun. There were 42 teams in this year’s race, which took place over three days in May at Lake Skinner in Temecula.
Mentored by teacher Michael Marderosian and scientists from Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Muir’s 13-member team beat out formidable competition from top-notch schools in the region, jumping 12 rungs up the ranks since last year’s challenge. Their boat wowed the crowd with a 48-second, 200-meter sprint and proved its endurance with nine laps around the lake in 90 minutes.
Offering hands-on experience working with solar power, the seven-month Solar Cup program also teaches youths about water conservation, mechanical engineering, graphic and written communication and career pathways.
PWP is thrilled for the team and so proud to have been its sponsor for the past three years!