The goal of this lesson is to inform students about solar cookers as an alternative energy source for developing countries. Students will learn that the most common fuel source used world-wide is wood. They will then learn about the drawbacks of using wood as a fuel source, and how solar cookers are used in Africa to help women cook their food safely. Lastly, students will design, build, and test their own solar cookers.
Length of time needed: 2-3 class periods
This lesson was written by Susie Newman.
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Source: Susie Newman
This video shows the remarkable technology transfer that is taking place in Africa as thousands of people are introduced to solar cooking technology, which allows them to cook food and boil water using Africa's most abundant and free source of energy--the sun. (10 minutes)