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October 9, 2014
This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Raquel “Kelly” Redshirt is originally from Shiprock, New Mexico and is a member of the Navajo tribe. She believes a broken system exists in her homeland where many still do not have easy access to cooking fuel or alternative solutions. Redshirt has answered the call for change through a homemade solar oven project she began in seventh grade. Now an environmental engineering student at the University of Oklahoma, she plans to eventually return to the Navajo Nation where she can use her knowledge to create a brighter, greener future for her people.
In 2,011 Redshirt was an International Science and Engineering Fair Finalist and the recipient of the Goethe Special Award. Her project, “Improving the Heat Capacity of a Homemade Solar Oven” has been recognized by Intel, the 100 People Foundation, Winds of Change American Indian Science and Engineering Society Magazine. After graduating, Redshirt plans to pursue her masters in engineering.
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How Solar Oven Technology Is Changing Lives on the Navajo Reservation | Raquel Redshirt | TEDxABQ