“It’s our first time here, which is super exciting,’' said Maggie Bolin, who is on Southern Indiana’s team. “As a team, we’re all completely new to the competition, but thought it kinda sounded like a fun, interesting project, because with engineering, a lot of the time you’re just designing things, you’re not actually getting your hands on things, so this was a really good way for us to actually to get some hands on experience building things.”
Organizers were grateful for a safe venue to have the event in the midst of COVID-19, as teams were being brought in from as far as Puerto Rico and New Mexico.
“After COVID, we only have half as many teams participating, we have nine here. We normally have somewhere around 20. We held it here, because we said, ‘Hey, we can’t miss it two years in a row,’ we wanted to get it going again. We’re happy to be able to do this at the fairgrounds,” said Morehouse.
On March 25, 2020, Solar Splash announced on its Facebook page that the annual event would have to be canceled for the year.
The event will finish with an awards ceremony on Saturday at 2:15 p.m.
For more information about Solar Splash, visit its Facebook page, or website at https://solarsplash.com/.