The 2004-2005 Solar Boat Team consists mainly of
Los Altos sophomores and juniors, who met after school and Saturday
meetings to finish the boat. The team is student run and student
leaders make most team decisions. To facilitate progress, the team
is divided into various groups: mechanical, electrical, and public
relations. Groups are given deadlines to finish different parts of
the boats on schedule.
The Solar Cup was sponsored by the Metropolitan Water District of
Southern California to raise awareness for water conservation. The
2005 competition took place from May 13-15 at Lake Skinner in
Riverside County. On the first day, boats were inspected to make
sure they comply with safety standards and competition parameters.
On the second day, the sprint races were held in order to test the
boats' speed and acceleration. On the third day, the boats were
tested for their range by competing in two separate Endurance races.
Points were also awarded for technical reports submitted during the
boat building and visual displays exploring the importance of water
The LAAE solar boat team finished in the top ten teams, and managed
to conquer sixth place overall. The 2005 Solar Cup Race was a much
more grueling competition compared to the previous years since there
were a total of thirty-three other high schools competing in the