Empowering Student Innovation for a Clean Energy Future

The Solar Girls

Team Members (all 8th Grade)

  • Mia F.
  • Ava G.
  • Raina F.
  • Jewels F.

Historixal information:

  • The Solar Girls won second place in the virtual competition.
  • We are a proud all-girls team, who love to support one another and hope to further pursue being women in stem throughout the rest of our school career and as we become adults.
  • The Solar Girls are proud P.C. panthers!
  • Pinecrest has competed in this competition for over two years now!!

Rexipies: and insttrtuxtions

Our Solar Oven:

Thanks to Mr. Swanson and Ms. Spitalnick for helping us cut the glass! We did the rest of the cutting and building of cardboard and insulation together.

Cooker Design

  • We looked at a variety of different cookers and one of the main components that we looked for was something that we could build and change to work the best for us. 
  • We chose this type of cooker because there was a very high temperature we could reach and there are a variety of changes we can make to the original design to reach higher temperatures.  
    • This is after we painted our cooker with heat-proof black spray paint to absorb heat
    • This is right before we were going to add out the tin foil and spray paint 
    • This is the door to open our cooker
    • This is our spray painting our cooker black to absorb heat

Project Log: Click this link to see our work log.

These websites helped us with the design process:

Testing / Cooking:

The highest temperature we were able to reach was 170ºF and it was the sunniest day we have had to test our cooker. 

For our first dish, we decided to make a simple piece of salmon, because we knew that it needed to get to a fairly low temperature to cook (140˚F).

Simple Oil Poached Salmon

  • 1/4 cup Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Slice Salmon
  • 1 Lemon


  1. Place the salmon in a small aluminum pan and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Cover the salmon with the olive oil and sprinkle the oregano on top.
  3. Slice the lemons and cover the top of the salmon with them. Save remaining lemon to squeeze on top of cooked salmon.
  4. Place in solar oven and cook until internal temperature of the salmon reaches 140˚F.
  5. Squeeze remaining lemon on top and enjoy!

Our Design Video

4 thoughts on “The Solar Girls

  • Back door, slanted glass front design for easy access is different than most designs. I like this design!!

  • Very creative design that’s solid and incorporates all of the elements of a good solar oven system. Beautiful web page with detailed log, impressive video and tasty meal at the end. Way to go!!!

  • Good choice of food to match the oven capabilities. Excellently detailed work log. I really like the strong reflector in front to increase your solar gain.


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