Solar Oven Cook-Off

2019 MEEC – Mojave Desert AQMD Student Solar Cook-Off Competition 

Team registration forms are now available for the 7th Annual Solar Oven Cook-Off! This event provides students in grades 4-12 the perfect opportunity to utilize their STEM and critical thinking skills working as a team to design, build, and create a solar cooker and winning recipe.

2019 Solar Cook-off Flyer – 1

2019 Solar Oven Cook Off Team Registration Form & Guidelines

2019 Solar Oven Supply Grant Fillable Application

2019 Transportation Grant Application

Release of Liability

This year’s event will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Through our ongoing partnership with San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, we will be hosting the event at the Victor Valley Museum located in Apple Valley.  A large shade tent, tables, and chairs will be provided for the teams. Lunch, snacks and event T-Shirts will also be provided for all participants in the event.

At the Solar Oven challenge, teams will demonstrate the performance of their solar cookers by creating an original dish(es) of food for the challenge. Three awards will be given in each age division for the BEST OVEN DESIGN and TOP RECIPES. Grade Divisions are: 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12. Participating schools may send up to 2 teams.

 Big Cash Prizes!

Awards are:

Construction: 1st: $300; 2nd: $200; 3rd: $100

Recipe: 1st: $250 2nd: $150; 3rd: $75

Over $3,000 in prizes will be awarded!!!!


Thanks to a special grant from SoCalGas, MEEC is pleased to offer solar cook-off mini grants to assist teams with the purchase of materials for their solar oven.  In addition, transportation reimbursement funds are available upon request for participating teams from the Antelope Valley, Barstow, Trona, and Morongo Valley areas.


The deadline to register your team is for the 6th Annual “Solar Cook-Off Challenge” is 5:00 PM on Friday, April 12th!  Applications must be dropped off or mailed to: MEEC, 14306 Park Ave, Victorville, CA 92392, or emailed to


For more information on this event, please contact MEEC Program Specialist, Samantha Murray at  (760) 245-1661 ext. 6717 or email at

Looking for recipe ideas?  Check out the 2015 winning recipe book and 2016 Recipe Book