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.
In 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.
- Ten National History Day projects from Orange County — including eight from Irvine schools — will make the cross-country trip to compete in the national contest, accompanied by the students who created them.
- As Esencia School in the Capistrano Unified School District begins to conclude its first year, the principal of this Pre-K through Grade 8 School shared plans to open the first middle school classroom in the fall.
- Huntington Beach Union High School District teachers gathered at a recent school board meeting calling for a new contract and pay increase.
- In his May budget revision, Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to tighten the language banning discrimination in charter school enrollment, particularly to protect students with disabilities and students with poor grades who want to attend charter schools.
- 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.
- Gov. Newsom is proposing $15 million to expand broadband internet to more schools and an additional $1 million to hire a state computer science coordinator. It’s part of a “down payment” on a comprehensive plan to increase access to computer science classes.
- Five school-level Peer Assistance Leadership (PAL) programs and two advisors were honored by the Orange County Department of Education for working to create and enhance youth engagement on campuses and in communities.
- More than 20 Orange County educational leaders and a nonprofit were celebrated this week at an awards ceremony for local members of the Association of California School Administrators.
- 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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