Weekly roundup: Students use solar power in competition, governor’s budget seeks tech upgrades, and more

Students from four Orange County high school teams will compete in the 2019 Solar Cup this weekend at Lake Skinner in Winchester.

The Orange County Register featured this week how the teams from Anaheim High School, Costa Mesa High School, Oxford Academy in Cypress and Magnolia High School in Anaheim are among three dozen high school teams that have spent seven months preparing for the solar-powered boating contest, which is sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California.

news, education newsIn addition to building a boat and racing it, students must create a public service announcement promoting conservation, according to the Register.

The contest brings together teams from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties to compete this weekend at Lake Skinner in southwest Riverside County.

“It’s built their confidence,” Brett Schumm, the Solar Cup advisor for Anaheim High School, told the Register. “A few of them are going to possibly pursue engineering or automotive or something to do with energy, because they now feel capable.”

The Solar Cup 2019 races are open to the public. Qualifying races will be held from 8 a.m. to about 3 p.m. today. Endurance races are from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. Saturday, and the sprint races are from 9 a.m. to about noon Sunday.

Here are some other education related articles from throughout the region for the week ending May 17.

  • After being alerted of a life threatening condition following a heart screening at her school, a Dana Hills High student received multiple surgeries to repair her heart.
  • Lawmakers in California are considering a comprehensive solution to address the historic disparity between how much funding districts receive for special education services and the true cost of their programs.
  • For more than three decades, actor and director William Allen Young has emceed Orange County’s VSA Festival, which annually celebrates the artistic achievements of students and adults with disabilities.

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