MEEC is pleased to announce the 2nd Annual “Solar Cook-Off Competition!” 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 recipe.
As you may know, STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are coupled with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics in contexts that make connections between school, community, work and the global enterprise, enabling the development of STEM literacy and with the ability to compete in the new economy. For most of the 20th century, the American education system provided a substantial part of the talent and proficiency needed to sustain and improve our way of life. … Today, however, as the U.S. economy becomes even more reliant on workers with greater knowledge and technological expertise, the domestic supply of qualified workers is not keeping up with the skill demands. By 2010, if current trends continue, more than 90 percent of all scientists and engineers in the world will be living in Asia. More than 50 percent of all engineering doctoral degrees awarded by U.S. engineering colleges are to foreign nationals. Although U.S. fourth graders score well against international competition, they fall near the bottom or dead last by 12th grade in mathematics and science, respectively.
This year, through our partnership with San Bernardino County First District Supervisor, we will be hosting the event at the Victor Valley Museum located in Apple Valley. With our new prominent public location, we are anticipating an increased number of registered teams and a large number of the general public on hand to enjoy the event and learn more about solar and solar cooking. 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. There are many fast food and restaurants in the immediate area that they are welcome to visit. We also encourage visitors to tour the newly remodeled Victor Valley Museum. Students and advisors will be admitted for free
At the Solar Oven competition, teams will demonstrate the performance of their solar cookers by creating an original dish(es) of food for the competition. Three awards will be given in each age division for the BEST OVEN DESIGN and TOP SOLAR CHEFS. Grade Divisions are: 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12.
Construction: 1st: $250 2nd: $150; 3rd: $75
Recipe: 1st: $200 2nd: $100; 3rd: $50
A total of $2,475 in Prizes will be awarded!!!!