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McBride Competes in Solar Boat Contest

Students from McBride High School earned second place in the Central and Bay Region of the Metropolitan Water District’s 14th annual Solar Cup.  The competition is the largest student-based solar-powered boat race in the nation.  Students apply their skills in math, physics, engineering and communications while learning about water resources, conservation and alternative energy.

“The kids were amazing,” McBride Principal Steve Rockenbach said.  “We improved dramatically from our first time last year.  Our students knew their boat from top to bottom and completed the work on their own with input and support from advisor Fred Olmedo and some key parent volunteers.”

Finishing just ahead of McBride in the  same region was Palos Verdes Peninsula High School.  Schools from 38 teams and six counties competed at Lake Skinner in southwestern Riverside County.

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