Solar Oven Cookoff

11th Annual Solar Cook-Off Competition 

MAY 4, 2024

Are you new to solar cooking and the Solar Cook-off?  Check out the Everyone Can Solar Cook PowerPoint for helpful tips for you and your students.

MEEC is pleased to announce the 11th Annual “Solar Cook-off Challenge!” 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.

This year, we will be hosting the event at The Heritage School located in Phelan.  

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. Family and friends are welcome to attend the event but will not be allowed in the competition areas or eligible for meals. 

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.

Awards are:

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

Recipe: 1st: $200 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50

A total of $2,475 in Prizes will be awarded!!!!

We are looking forward to a huge event this year! Transportation grants are available to assist with the cost of district transportation to the event for those teams coming for our outlier areas. This is one sizzling hot event that you don’t want your students to miss out on!

Team registration form and transportation grant application must be received by Thursday, March 15, 2024. All team construction forms, recipe forms and liability forms must be included with your registration application to be considered for judging.

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