Building, Testing, and Cooking with Solar Cookers on October 6

We will display and operate solar cookers, both homemade and commercial models, as well as relevant books, articles, and laboratory materials. is an organization formed in 2004 to help educators with topics in energy production and use, and other 21st century topics in physical science, engineering, and technology. Solar cooking is one of those topics. Shawn Reeves, a physics teacher from, and volunteers will cook and display various models. There are many solar cooks in and around Cambridge and millions around the world. People can buy cookers, or they can design and build their own. There are many different ways to collect sunlight and use it to bake, fry, slow-cook, singe, dehydrate, and pasteurize. Cooking and especially building one’s own requires learning about sunlight, clouds, seasons, reflection absorption and transmission of light, materials that selectively transmit absorb or reflect different colors of light, power energy and temperature, heat capacities of different food materials and water, food safety, water pasteurization, etcetera! Solar cooking is a technology amenable to all ages. helps both teachers and learners with safety issues, materials considerations, and online and library resources.

Oct 6, 2022
12:00 PM
- 03:00 PM
Kendall/MIT Open Space: The Festival Zone
Kendall/MIT Open Space, Main Street, Cambridge, MA
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Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, is a madcap celebration of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM). A multifaceted, multicultural event, the Festival makes science accessible, interactive, and fun, highlighting the impact of STEAM in all our lives.

The Cambridge Science Festival was founded by and is produced by the MIT Museum.