The solar box cookers have been well accepted in the schools by the teachers and their students. The students like their solar box cookers a lot. They have been experimenting and cooking as many things as possible with he energy of the sun. It was exactly this opportunity to experiment and to eat the fruit of the research that made us want to use the solar cookers in the curriculum. Keeping time of the cooking process, measuring temperature, observing temperature over time, comparing temperature increases on full sun and overcast days, all require mathematical skills applied in a real life situation.
In the latest text message from the village, we received a little synopsis of the cooking efforts by the students. The students have been encouraged to keep notes: Solar cooker: time to cook forRice: 2h30Zebu: 2h30 (zebu is beef eaten in Madagascar)Fish: 2hCassava: 2h30Dried bean: 3hBoiling water for coffee: 1hMadeleine (small cake): 1hCassava cake: 2hNote: they let the internal temperature in the cook box go up (pre-heat) to 100 degree C (216F) before the pot gets put in the solar cooker. (See out video how solar box cookers work)Introducing solar cookers in the schools was a long-term project. The solar cookers have generated a lot of interest, because a solar cooker does not require firewood to make food for the children at the school and there is no smoke in the cooking process, as with traditional firewood stoves.
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