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This page lists events related to solar cooking throughout the world. To add to this page, click the "Edit" button above or email event information to paul@solarcookers.org.

Canada

  • 2012 (nationwide) Teachers, it’s time to register for re-energy.ca’s 2011/12 Solar Oven Challenge. Students build, test, and bake with solar ovens using the construction plans provided at re-energy.ca, or using plans of their own design. You submit photos and descriptions of their creations, and in June, prizes are awarded to the class or group with the best submissions. Open to all Canadians, participants have ranged from grades 3 to 12, and from science classes to environmental clubs. To see past winners and submissions and to learn more about GreenLearning’s Solar Oven Challenge, visit the re-energy.ca website. If you’re not in Canada, the activity itself is still interesting and can be used – it’s only the contest that is restricted. Submission deadline with projects has been extended to June 8th, 2012. Classes and other groups participating in our annual Solar Oven Challenge can collaborate with one another at COOL 2.0. On the COOL 2.0 website, teachers can do it all: find the solar oven resources, pose questions to one another, discuss their class projects, and share project stories and photos. Solar Challenge registration information

India

  • July 2011 - June 2012: (Maharashtra) International opportunity for testing solar cooker designs (testing registration is now closed, we await the results) - Originally announced as a one-time event Oct. 11-13, 2011 with a related conference, the solar cooker competition has been cancelled, and instead there will be a year-long opportunity for having solar cookers and fuel stoves tested free. India’s Promoters and Researchers in Non-Conventional Energy (PRINCE) group has updated standards for solar cookers, developed in conjunction with input from SCWNet members. These universal testing standards will be used to evaluate the cookers by simulating real world conditions. Designers, manufacturers, NGOs and individuals are invited to submit solar cookers for testing, and need not be present for the tests. While there will be no cash prizes, solar cookers will be rated on thermal performance, cost of manufacture and transport, and user convenience. Send cookers anytime between now and June 2012 to: Prof. Ajay Chandak, PRINCE, Shamgiri, Opp Swagat Lodge, Agra Road, Deopur, Dhuli – 424005, Maharashtra, India. Include your usual instructions for consumers. If you wish your cooker returned, please arrange to cover return shipping costs. After testing, entrants will be contacted with results, and have the option of omitting their information in the publicly listed ratings. No reply from entrants within two weeks or so after receiving their results will be taken as consent to publish. Other questions? Email: renewable.india@gmail.com.

USA

Arizona

  • July 9 & 12, 2014: (Taylor) Solar cooking demonstrations at the Kerr-Cole Sustainable Living Center (subject to sunny days) along with Freehold, a local non-profit organization, to help collect non-perishable food items for Shepherd’s Kitchen. Call +1 (928) 536-2269 for more information.

California

  • July 17-18, 2014: (Sacramento) The SCInet Solar Cooking Convention 2014, sponsored by Solar Cookers International with support from Agua Fund, Inc., is encouraging solar cooking project directors, promoters, designers, researchers, and manufacturers with experience in the transfer of solar cooking technologies to gather in Sacramento, California, USA for an exchange of information convention. The format will include presentations, panel discussions, working groups, and public demonstration of solar cookers. It will be held at the California Automobile Museum, located at 2200 Front Street. The Sacramento Solar Cooking Festival will follow on Saturday. Details and Event registration information...
Solar Cooking festival poster, 4-27-14
  • Saturday, July 19, 2014: (Sacramento): The Sacramento Solar Cooking Festival, sponsored by Solar Cookers International, is open to the public at no charge. Local solar cooks are encouraged to participate. It will take place from 10am - 3 pm. at Land Park, the corner of Sutterville Road and Freeport Boulevard. Event registration information...

Florida

  • Wednesday, July 23, 2014: (Seffner): Use the sun to cook your meal! Whether you want to be prepared for hot meals when the power is out, to reduce your energy costs, or just take it camping, solar cooking can be an answer. With some basic materials you bring and some we provide, you'll make your own cooker during this workshop. We'll have several models on display for you to study, and several out cooking while you work. The food will be ready to taste before you leave. Cooking instructions and sample recipes will be provided. When you register you'll be sent a detailed list of supplies to bring. (Nothing expensive! Pot with lid, cooler or boxes, aluminum foil, cardboard, tape, knife.) Class charge covers the materials we provide for making your cooker, the written materials you get to take home, and the food that we'll prepare and let the sun cook for us while you work. You'll get tastes before you leave. More information...

Massachusetts

  • Thursday, July 10, 2014: (Boston) One Earth Designs and Dr. David Gordon Wilson, Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering at MIT, are hosting an event to discuss cooking norms in developing nations and the benefits and drawbacks of solar cooking. You’ll also walk away with ideas about how to get involved and ways to help. The event is free but registration is required. Light, solar-cooked refreshments will be provided. Time and place: 6:30pm - 8:30pm at Fourth Presbyterian Church located at 340 Dorchester Street in South Boston. Event registration information...

Utah

Washington

  • Saturday, July 26, 2014: (Shoreline) The NW Solar Fest happens the last Saturday in July on the grounds of Shoreline Community College from 10:00am - 5:00pm. Sustainable living presentations and displays including solar cooking. The college is located at 16101 Greenwood Avenue North, west parking lot Metro Route5, 331 and 345 serve the college on Saturdays. The event is free with free parking. More information...

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