Global Development Solutions
​​  The Solar Sisters
Working to promote solar cookers as tools for education, wellness, economic empowerment
and ecosystem recovery.
Jennifer Gasser and Mary Buchenic 
aka The Solar Sisters
Photo Courtesy of Michael Bonke, SunPod
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and Cross Curricular Education 


Through innovative, hands-on solar cooking lessons, we help students develop their skills in (STEM) and other disciplines as well. We offer local programs and educational support. Look for lesson ideas and oven patterns in the links. ​​Contact us for additional information.
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Demonstration & Consultation
Global acceptance of solar cooking begins at home. We cook for ourselves and others to show that solar cooking is fun, safe, and a means to make delicious foods - everywhere! Contact us to schedule a unique solar cooking event for all age groups, including adults
Solar Cookers are
global development solutions.
Social Enterprise
From on-site work in Haiti and Pakistan to programs we support in Kenya, The Solar Sisters Project Committee works to share this technology wherever the sun shines. ​​Contact us for additional information.

Educational Programs Offered by The Solar Sisters

Academic lessons, taught within the context of life experiences, provide a richness and depth of understanding for students that is impactful personally, cognitively, and socially. To achieve this kind of impact, we propose a wonderful education tool - the Solar Oven. These ovens use concentrated sunlight directed at a cooking surface or into a cooking space to cook all types of foods using a variety of methods. By introducing this tool to students, and incorporating Solar Cooking into the curriculum, students embrace and explore not only STEM but other disciplines as well - Social Science, Geography, Political Science, Language Arts, Art, and more. Solar Cookers lend themselves perfectly to lessons that are inquiry-based, project-based and interdisciplinary. Students are motivated by the personal and real world implications of Solar Cooking, and they love the fact that, with creativity and understanding of fundamental physical science concepts, they can design and engineer an oven capable of cooking a meal with sunlight.

The Solar Sisters offer on-site educational programs:

  • Introduction to Solar Cooking program is a combination of lecture, display, video and activity. This is the perfect program to introduce students and adults to the basic concepts of solar cooking, allowing time to examine the ovens, watch video examples of the ovens in action, and complete a collaborative activity of choice. Time allows for lively Q & A.
  • The Solar Express Suitcase program includes lesson plans, activities, experiments, panel ovens, recipes and materials. The suitcase offers teachers, summer camps, after school programs and clubs opportunities for group interaction and self-paced exploration of principles related to the science of solar cooking. Keep the suitcase for up to two weeks.
  • The Solar Snacks program lets participants discover joys of solar cooking using all five senses. Instructors discuss basic concepts using DARE, and demonstrate safe use of the cookers while cooking. Participants taste solar cooked snacks. 
  • The Build and Cook program emphasizes hands-on building of cookers by pattern or through innovation. Students are introduced to the science concepts underlying the process of solar thermal cooking. A panel cooker pattern is shared with students, or they may choose to create an alternate oven design through the Engineering Design Process.
  • The Extensions program empowers students to become the teacher and explain the basic principles of solar cooking to others. Extensions may focus on business, language arts, audio visual, community, and more. Sharing knowledge is a critical component of solar cooking advocacy and education.

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Social Enterprise

GDS is proud to partner with other grassroots organizations
to support the 2nd International Workshop for
Clean Cooking and Food Processing
in Kampala, Uganda.

Check back soon for updated information on our Haiti Mission and the projects we facilitate in Kenya and Pakistan.