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UNI to compete in Solar Splash World Championship

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Hanna is the boat the University of Northern Iowa will race in the third and final Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing World Championship beginning Wednesday. Hanna is the boat the University of Northern Iowa will race in the third and final Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing World Championship beginning Wednesday.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

It's student built and solar powered - Hanna, that is.

Hanna is the boat the University of Northern Iowa will race in the third and final Intercollegiate Solar Boat Racing World Championship beginning Wednesday.

Fifteen teams from across the world are coming to Waterloo to compete, including UNI.

Teams join from across the country and all over the world. This year, there are teams from California, New York, Ohio and Massachusetts, to name a few. There is also a team from India competing.

Solar boat racing is an example of hands-on engineering, as Hanna was entirely student-built. The boat can run on both solar and battery power -- in rain or shine.

Corey Eichelberger is the team captain for UNI and a senior in the fall. While it's his third year in the competition, it's UNI's 14th year to participate.

He said the team has had a few technical difficulties over long nights of work, but hopes to see a good showing.

"I'd like to see us finish around where we finished the previous years," Eichelberger said. "We've had a few technical mishaps over the last couple of days, and we're getting those finished out."

The races will begin Friday and continue through Sunday at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo. The event is free and open to the public.

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