The objective of the ASME-sponsored Solar Splash is to promote the construction and competition of a solar-powered boat which can be built within a school year at a reasonable cost. Solar Splash was created to interest college students in solar energy, both as an energy source and in its engineering applications. The competition is designed to provide “hands-on” engineering experiences involving teamwork, develop project and program management skills, expose students to various technical disciplines, and require the use of system and people integration — while remaining a fun project. The 5 day event competition format includes points awarded for both engineering design components (design report, poster presentation, workmanship) and for boat performance (maneuverability, slalom, sprint, and endurance events).

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