On May 17–19, hundreds of students gathered at Lake Skinner, in the Temecula Valley of California, to show off and race their school-built, solar-powered boats at the conclusion of a seven-month educational program, Solar Cup, teaching students about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving, and more. Habasit was proud to participate by donating a fresh supply of our M5000 modular belts and flight accessories to the Academia Avance Seniors to equip their boat with a paddle propulsion system. When the boat was debuted at the lake, the Avance Seniors stole the show!
Due to technical difficulties, the Avance Seniors did not qualify in the race, but out of the 44 entries, they received the most attention as other competitors wondered how the idea to use Habasit modular conveyor belts was conceived. And, despite the outcome, the trip to the lake was not without results:
Executive Director Ricardo Mireles, stated, “On behalf of all of the Avance students, parents, and staff, we thank Habasit America for the opportunity to find a new solution for our SolarCup motion... keeping our students moving forward.”
There are rumors of a second trip on which the students will test a new boat build with improved chain design, optimized paddle/flight layout, and enhanced electrical protection. On behalf of Habasit America, we can’t wait!