The NSU Gang Chefs

Team Information

Picture of Featured Cooker (Parabolic Cooker) We are cooking with another oven as well, to see go to bottom

Team Name: The NSU Gang
School Name: NSU University School
Team Members Names with grade level:
Hannah L 5th , Ava B 5th, Ellie W 4th

Historical Information about our Solar Cooker Team:

Our team won 1st place last year for our speed with our solar car “The Mystery Machine” and we represent the SHARKS!

The NSU Gang with our parabolic oven

Design Documentation

Photo of completed solar cooker

Photo of completed solar cooker with food being cooked

Photo of Completed Cooker

Photo of Completed Cooker with thermometer showing temperature

Help We Received from Others

People who have helped us:

Our parents brought us for extra sessions and helped us set up and test the oven at home, and with our second solar oven our parents helped to hammer in the nails and use gorrila glue

Our coaches helped explain the project and provide us with possible materials from our Innovation Lab. They helped us with cutting and links to websites to get us started.

Design Drawings

Design Drawing: Side View with Dimensions

Design Drawing: Front View with Dimensions

Where We Got Our Idea

With a lot of research on webpages and blogs we found a parabolic and thought “We should make a Parabolic Cooker. That is how we got our idea, and we have never regrated it!

Materials Used

New Materials:
Disposable Foil Pan
Turkey Bag
Aluminum Paper
Clear Spray Adhesive
Duct Tape!
Wooden Blocks
Recycled materials:
Recycled Cart

Test Results

Solar Oven Test 1 – 3/16/24

Weather Conditions: Sunny

Time of Day: 1:30- 3:00

Observations of results: We cooked Fondue and got a chunky cheese material

Length of Test: 1-2 Hours

Highest Temperature Reached: 216 degrees F

Yes, next time we will let the cheese cook longer.

Solar Oven Test 2 – Date: 4/2/24

Weather Conditions: Sunnny.

Time of Day: Between 12:00 and 2:00 PM

Length of Test: 2 hours

Observations of results: The tempature got higher when we tilted the platform to face the sun directly

Highest Temperature Reached: 215

Any recommendations for improvements: what might you change about your cooker for next time?

Solar Oven Test 3 – Date: 4/3/24

Weather Conditions: Sunny

Time of Day: 11:00-1:00

Length of Test: About 2 hours

Observations of results: It got really high

Highest Temperature Reached: 215 degrees F

Any recommendations for improvements: Nothing it was really good!

Team Design Video

This is our TEAM DESGHN VIDEO!!!


 Healthy and Hungry Omelet

  • Onion cut into miniture pieces
  • 3 slices of turkey cut into miniature pieces
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 cherry tomatoes cut into quarters
  • 5 pieces of spinach cut into tiny pieces
  • ¼ tablespoon of garlic
  • ½ cup of powder milk
  • Dash of Paprika and Nutmeg
  • 4 servings

Cut Turkey, Onions, Cherry Tomatoes, and Spinach into very tiny pieces. Next, Crack 3 eggs and place in a bowl. Measure 1/4 tbsp of Garlic and place in bowl. Measure 1/2 cup of milk and dump into bowl. Add a dash of Paprika and Nutmeg. Place everything into a “7 15/16 in.x5 7/16 in.x1 13/16 in.20.1cmx13.8 cmx4.6cm” disposable foil pan and cook!

Fresh Florida Fondue

  • Cooked bread to be dipped
  • 1 cup of shredded of Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • Dash of paprika
  • 4 servings

First, dump both Swiss and mozzarella cheese into a cup each and after measured place in Ziploc. Take 1 spoon of cornstarch and place in the Ziploc with cheese. Mix and shake the food together. Then, Get 1/4 cup of chicken broth along with 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and place into a “7 15/16 in.x5 7/16 in.x1 13/16 in.20.1cmx13.8 cmx4.6cm” disposable foil pan. Take 1/2 teaspoon of garlic and place in foil pan along with 4 twists of black pepper. Lastly, Add a dash of Nutmeg and Paprika into the bowl and add the cheese and cornstarch to the foil pan! Don’t forget to dip your cooked bread into the fondue!!!

Beautiful Brazil Brigadeiro’s

  • 3 Strawberrys
  • Condensed Mill
  • Nesquik Chocolate Powder
  • 4 Tablespoons of Butter
  • 3 servings

FIrst, Open the condensed milk can and dump it all into a “7 15/16 in.x5 7/16 in.x1 13/16 in.20.1cmx13.8 cmx4.6cm”disposabe foil pan. Next, add 4 tablespoons of Butter into the pan. Next add 4 tablespoons of Chocolate Nesquik powder. After 15 minutes, take it out and mix it well! Lastly, when done add a strawberry on the side for decoration (a very special ingredient)

Fresh From Florida

In our Main Dish (Omelet) We included Onion Slices, Cherry Tomatoes, Turkey, and Spinach, all FRESH from Florida.

In our Dessert (Brigadeiro) We include a Strawberry on the side, to be dipped in. Also, fresh from Florida.

DateHoursTasks / Work DoneObstacles EncounteredModifications to Oven
8/231We did a lot of research on Solar OvensWE DID NOT UNDERSTAND A THINGReasearch
8/301Started narrowing down our choices for OvensTo many fake websites and ovens
9/61Found out how Solar Ovens worked and found which one we wantedWe know which Oven we want to do, Parabolic
9/131 We planned and drew sketches of how we wanted it too look like.We couldn’t think of how it would stand up
9/201Searched for matirialsTOO MANY
9/241Got umbrella and started strategizing.We have our base
10/11Decided to put paper before aluminum to have thickness.More decisions
10/81Started tracing out the Construction paper and cut a fewWe kept on cutting them to big or too smallPaper traced out and cut
10/151Finished cutting and got supplies to make the umbrella shine. Aluminum
10/221Traced out our aluminum sheetsKept on tracing too big or small
10/291Went out and glued our Construction papers on to the umbrellaGlue was hard to useConstruction paper glued onto umbrella
11/61Went out and glued Aluminum onto the umbrellaAluminum got stickyAlumnium is on the umbrella
11/151We found a recycled cart to use to hold the ovenhad to deep clean itUmbrella holder
11/241While trying to attach umbrella onto cart clicked a button that folded the umbrella and DESTROYED all of our previous workWE HAVE TO RESTART OUR WHOLE OVEN AND START FROM SCRATCH
11/311Got ourselves a new umbrellaNew umbrella
12/81Started measuring and decided not to add construction paper this timeMeasurments
12/151Traced and cut the aluminum paper to fit the umbrellaWe had to redo it many times because we would trace/cut it wrongAluminum
12/211Sprayed half of the aluminum onto the umbrellaAluminum half way glued
12/301Sprayed on the other half Aluminum FULLY glued
1/31Researched about making another solar ovenrealized there were bumps on the aluminum
1/111Figured out how to attach to solar oven to the cartCart Holder complete
1/181Made a pot holder for our panAll pans were to heavyPot holder
1/241Started Researching for recipes
1/311Tried out our Solar Oven, and it was a success!Working Oven
2/71I found more recipes while Ellie started ANOTHER solar ovenStarting another solar oven
2/141Found an old projector with a good lens, thinking about using it.The lens burned our hands and gave us blisters from how hot!!!An AMAZING lens
2/211thought of an idea to make a double solar ovenNew idea
2/281Started using cardboard to make a rough draftKept on falling apartrough draft
3/31Made a good version of the solar ovenhave a solar oven
3/51/2Trued the temp for the new oven, not that goodA bad temp for the oven
3/91Decide to give up on the idea of that solar oven
3/121/2Try thinking about recipe ideasRecipe ideas
3/141Work on webpage and researchA lot of work and not a lot of time to make the web pageWeb Page
3/153At my house, we work on a 2nd ovenA LOT OF WORK2nd Oven
3/171Finished the 2nd oven
3/181/2Test out the 2nd ovenAccidently droppped the ovenTry temp
3/181Work on web page and take photos
3/191/2Added PhotosWeb Page
3/201Added the logSome days we forgot to write about what we didWeb Page
4/11Drew DrawingsWe had spring break and have a lot to finish in 2 DAYS!!!Drawings
4/31Finished Webpage Web Page
That was what we worked on each day!

You might be asking “What challenges did THEY have?”

When we had finished our cooker we accidently clicked a button that closed the umbrella and broke our whole parabolic!!! We had to restart from scrach and all of our work went down the drain!!! To overcome this we used all of our mistakes from last’s oven and did our best to work quicker and make WAY less mistakes this time.

This is what we thought our solar oven would look like when we started

Our Second Oven

Our second oven is a box oven. To make it, we first took 4 pieces of wood and with help from adults, glued them together with gorilla glue. At first, we tried drilling screws in, but that didn’t work so instead, we hammered in nails to give it extra hold. After that, using gorilla glue we glued some insulation to make the heat stronger and to keep the heat from escaping the box. Then, we took a piece of glass and taped it to the top of the box. We also, used duct tape to make the box stronger. Finally, we also taped insulation to the back of the box.

This is an image of our second BOX oven

One thought on “The NSU Gang Chefs

  • Would have loved to see your umbrella solar cooker in action, but you have good sturdy design in your second one.


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