Simpson University Students to Compete in Solar Regatta Challenge

For Immediate Release


REDDING, Calif. - Simpson University students have been invited to participate in the Northern California Solar Regatta, designing and racing a boat that relies solely on solar panels for power.

Students from the outdoor leadership and science departments will team up for this venture and compete against other colleges on May 14 at the Rancho Seco Recreational Area in Herald, Calif.

Ed Min, a senior outdoor leadership major from Sacramento, and Aixa Correa, a senior outdoor leadership major from Corona, Calif., will lead Simpson’s team.

The Northern California Solar Regatta is sponsored by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. The district loans solar panels to participating schools, inviting students to retrofit existing boats or design and build their own.

“This is a really exciting opportunity for our students to learn about solar energy and to put that learning into practice in a fun and engaging way,” said Amy Smallwood, chair of the Leadership Studies Department. “They will get firsthand experience using an alternative energy source.”

The outdoor leadership program emphasizes how to practice sustainable living and minimize environmental impact, she said. The major, introduced in 2007, has graduated more than 30 students who are working in a variety of fields, including environmental education, wilderness programming, challenge course management, outdoor retail, and parks and recreation.

“Hopefully we do well in the competition, but more importantly we hope that the event instills strong ethical values of sustainable living practices and stewardship of our natural resources,” Smallwood said.

Winning colleges from 2015 were Sierra College, Cosumnes River College, California State University (CSU) at Sacramento, CSU Chico, and Evergreen Valley College. Categories included the Regatta Cup, best design, sustainability, best video, and more.

Simpson University offers bachelor’s degrees in outdoor leadership and biology. A biotechnology major will be added in fall 2016.


Simpson University, established in 1921, is a Christian university offering undergraduate, graduate, and teaching credential programs. The university celebrated its 25th year in Redding and the completion of a Science and Nursing Center in 2014. Academic programs include ASPIRE, a degree-completion program geared toward working adults with both on-campus and online course offerings, including degrees in psychology and organizational leadership. For information about the university, or to arrange a campus visit, call 1-888-9-SIMPSON or visit


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