SOLAR SPLASH began in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1994. Marquette University hosted the event. In 2000 we moved to New Orleans to drum up interest from more southern teams, and then to Buffalo, New York, from 2001-2005. Solar Splash was held in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Lake Fayetteville from 2006-2010. The event was held in Cedar Falls, Iowa, from 2011-2013. In 2014 the event moved to Dayton, Ohio – the birthplace of aviation. In 2017 the event moved just down the road from Dayton to Springfield, Ohio.
SOLAR SPLASH is a practical educational experience, which helps to develop teamwork and interdisciplinary skills. During the Buffalo years a few highly qualified High School teams joined the Event as a natural educational path from secondary school to college. The Event combines the fun of competition with education in a way that is not a major disruption to the student’s academic schedule. An entry can typically be pulled together in one school year at a cost of about $5,000.
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