The project designed within this presentation is called the Sun Cooker. Considering issues of climate change and deforestation, I was looking to find a small way of trying to fight such issues by means of America’s staple pastime: the barbecue. Thus, the Sun cooker rather than using coal, oil, or wood for fuel. The Sun Cooker uses only the light rays from the Sun.
My Design process began by reading a book called “The Joy of X” written by Steven Strogatz. In a particular section of the book, Steven Strogatz described what a parabola is and an application that caught my attention. Thus, I took this idea from the book and began to sketch how the sun’s ray would affect the paraboloid. From there, although the Sun Cooker is in early development. The further iteration drawn of my whiteboard describe how I would include a solar panel torus around the Sun Cooker’s circumference in order to power a battery to supply additional energy at night time, when the sun is down, if something may want to be cooked.
The Sun Cooker operates by receiving sunlight and reflecting it towards a region called a focus. Where the light is concentrated into a strong heat that can range between 250-350 Fahrenheit.
This is sooooooooo cool. Or is it hot? Either way, the creative thinking on display is highly impressive, Daniel, and your explanation of how you got there makes me so excited about hearing more from you in the future. I hope you continue to nourish your passion for mathematics and consider going into engineering. I work with software engineers, and this is exactly the kind of thinking that makes a great engineer.
Renewable energy! This is great idea for the backyard BBQ's, beach goers, and campers. The design process is very innovative.
Woah!! Awesome walk-through of your design process and incredible idea! I grew up on the reservation in the desert and we used to bake cookies by putting the cookie sheet on the dashboard of our car during the heat of the day. This takes that to a whole new level. I hope you continue to look for creative ways to address challenges and issues in our world!
I thought the way you explained your concept was very clear and well organized! You told a cohesive story and made it easy for anyone to understand regardless of their background knowledge.
I think it's great that you are looking for ways to make tools that work just based on the power of the sun. I love that you looked into adding solar panels to the design so that you could store energy for later even as your solar oven cooks.
Great job applying physics and mathematics principals to product design- and using that creativity to address real challenges in our world - like our over dependence on fossil fuels. Amazing!
Im pretty sure a solar powered oven exists
This is a really cool idea. I would love to have one in my home.