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Division: M (6-8)
School: Milwee Middle Team Size: 3

Tie dye Thai’s

Team name: Tie dye Thai’s

School name– Milwee Middle School

Student names– Ellie D, Anuva G, Keira S

Grade level– Ellie-7 Anuva-7 Keira-7

Info– Our school has competed for 10 years and won 6 of those years.

Help from– Some of the inspiration we got for food ideas and recipes have been found on the internet , our teacher helped us in getting the materials and helped in cutting the plexiglass that goes on top.

Challenges we faced- We had to complete our oven in a time crunch, and the menu was very hard to come to a complete conclusion.

Idea origin – We thought that our solar oven would be good at cooking food because it has isolation to trap heat.

Highest Temperature of Oven: Degrees 175 0 F or 79.40 C Time: 3:23 Weather: Partly Cloudy

Work log

DateInitials of Team MembersTime doneWhat was done
April 11 KS,ED,AG3:15-4:00Brainstorming 
April 12 KS,ED,AG2:30-4:00Start building / Got materials
April 13KS,ED,AG9:30-10:02Built the insulation in the box
April 14KS,ED,AG2:30-4:00Building the oven
April 15KS,ED,AG9:30-10:05Looking for recipes 
April 15KS,AG3:12-4:05Covered up holes
April 18KS,ED,AG3:15-4:00Brainstorming 
April 19KS,ED,AG2:30-4:00Started website 
April 20KS,ED,AG9:30-10:02Working on website 
April 21KS,ED,AG2:30-4:00Working on video
April 22KS,ED,AG9:30-10:05Working on website 
April 22 KS,ED,AG3:15-4:00Working on website
April 25KS7:30-8:00Working on website
April 25KS,ED,AG3:15-4:00Working on website 


-Cardboard (recycled)

-Isolation (recycled)

-Emergency blanket (recycled)

-Duck tape (recycled)

-Hot glue (recycled)

-Adhesive glue (recycled)

-Black Board Paper (recycled)

-Plexiglass (recycled)



1/2 cup Club Soda

3 tbsp Curacao Syrup

1 tbsp Half & Half (Milk)

3-4 ice cubes

Whipped cream


  1. Fill glass a fourth of the way with ice
  2. Pour the syrup over the ice until a good covering on the bottom
  3. Then add club soda on top stopping a short distance from the top
  4. Pour the Half & Half on top of the drink
  5. Decorate with whip cream and add a cherry on top

Coconut Cookies

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter 
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 egg 
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ⅓ cups flaked coconut

1. combine the flour, baking soda and salt

2. mix the cream, butter, brown sugar, white sugar until smooth

3. mix the egg and vanilla until light and fluffy 

4. Then mix the flour mixture with the coconut

Thai Curry

1 Can Coconut Milk

1/2 Can Broth

Panang Curry Paste

Fresh Parsley from School Garden

Fresh Oregano from School Garden

Green Beans

Bell Peppers


  1. Mix coconut milk and broth in a medium sized pot
  2. Put pot on stove, turn heat on and let it come to a boil
  3. Add a spoon of the curry paste and mix until well combined
  4. Add veggies and chicken to the mixture
  5. Garnish with parsley and oregano and serve with rice


2 cups of Rice

4 cups of Water

Pinch of Salt

Tiny Drizzle of Olive Oil

  1. Pour 2 cups of rice into the cooker
  2. Soak the rice with the water
  3. Sprinkle some salt on top
  4. Also, drizzle some oil
  5. Cook until soft and expanded


Fresh Cucumbers from School Garden


Pinch of Salt

Red Chili Powder

Squeeze of Lemon


  1. Cut cucumbers into little cubes
  2. Combine chickpeas and cucumbers in a bowl
  3. Add all the seasoning and mix
  4. Squeeze lemon juice on top
  5. Mix until well combined and serve

2 thoughts on “Tie dye Thai’s

  • April 29, 2022 at 10:25 am

    Your recipes look tasty and the tiered design is different!

  • April 29, 2022 at 7:00 am

    Your web page blew me away. So professional! Clever cooker design for preparing lots of food at once. Good use of recycled materials. Well Done!


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