​​ GDS Solar Education Project
Working to promote solar cookers as tools for education, wellness, economic empowerment
and ecosystem recovery.
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Jennifer Gasser and Mary Buchenic 
aka The Solar Sisters
Photo Courtesy of Michael Bonke, SunPod
Listen to The Solar Sisters' Interview with Michael Bonke - SunPod

STEM  Education
(Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) and Multi Disciplinary Education 
Solar Cookers are
tools for STEM and multi disciplinary 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.
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
Social Enterprise
From on-site work in Haiti and Pakistan to programs we support in Kenya, The Global Solar Eductation Project works to share this technology wherever the sun shines. ​​Contact us for additional information.​​

Educational Programs Offered by
GDS Solar Education Project

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.

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 two weeks or more.
  • 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. Beginner recipes are provided and participants are encouraged to explore cooking with sunshine.
  • 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.

Contact us at [email protected]

Where do we conduct solar ovens demos and programs?
Just about anywhere!
One of the keys to networking is to show up!

  • Hubbard Farmers Market, Hubbard, OH
  • Rotary Club of Hubbard, OH
  • Taste of Hubbard - Harding Park, Hubbard, OH
  • Lake to River Food Cooperative and Kitchen Incubator - Youngstown, OH 
  • Fellows Riverside Gardens at Mill Creek Park, Youngstown, OH
  • Mahoning Valley Lifelong Learning Institute, Youngstown, OH
  • Mill Creek MetroParks Farm, Canfield, OH
  • New Castle School of Trades, New Castle, PA
  • Convent - Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception - Port au Prince and Chantal, Haiti
  • City Soleil, Haiti
  • Chestnut Ridge Park and Campgrounds, Hubbard, OH
  • Hiram College, Hiram, OH- Learning Streams International Institute Near Peer Training Day
  • Learning Streams International Institute Solar Oven Workshop, Hiram College, Hiram, OH
  • Forman Christian College, Lahore, Pakistan
  • America Makes Maker Space -  Youngstown, OH
  • Silly Science Sunday - OH WOW Children's Science Center
  • YWCA  STEM Stars - Chatham College, PA
  • Energy Summit - Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Sci-Tech Days - Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Engineer the Future - Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Southern Tier Brewing Co., Pittsburgh, PA- Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar event sponsored by Carnegie Science Center
  • Youngstown State University Beeghly College of Education - guest speakers for Science, Technology and Society class
  • Youngstown State University  Center for Human Services Development presentation
  • CONSOLFOOD 2018 Conference presentation - Faro, Portugal
  • First Steps After School Program - Youngstown State University in conjunction with six areas schools
  • Home School Collaborative summer camp 
  • National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) - National Conference presentation, Atlanta, GA
  • The United Nations, NYC - as members of the Solar Cookers International advocacy team at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainability, 2018