Geneva College students have travelled to Cedar Falls, Iowa to participate in the Solar Splash competition from June 8-12. Solar Splash is the world championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
Solar Splash is comprised of a variety of competitions and an award will be presented to the team that demonstrates the best performance in each event. An overall winner will be determined by Technical Report, Visual Presentation, Workmanship, Qualifying, Solar Slalom, Endurance, and Sprint. An awards ceremony will be held Sunday, June 12 following the competition.
To view current photos and results from the 2011 Solar Splash competition, click here.
The members of the 2011 Geneva College Solar Splash team are: Benjamin McCauley (team lead) – computer engineering major, focus: telemetry; Amber Jobes – mechanical engineering major, focus: solar panels; Russell Wheatley – electrical engineering major, focus: test support and implementation; Rebekah Drehman – mechanical engineering, focus: drive system. Students studied past models and focused on designing and implementing a new drive system, solar panels, and data acquisition system for this year’s boat.
Solar Splash was designed for students who show an interest in science, technology and creativity. Geneva has participated in the competition a number of times since 200 and has won awards such as: 2009 - 9th overall, Best Looking Boat; 2006 - 7th overall, 2nd Slalom; 2004 - 10th overall, 3rd Technical Report, Sportsmanship Award; 2003 - 3rd overall, 2nd Slalom, 3rd Technical Report, Model Team; 2002 - 5th overall, Teamwork Award; 2001 - 12th overall, Teamwork Award; 2000 - 5th overall, 2nd Solar Slalom, 3rd Qualifying, Outstanding Kit Built Hull.
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