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Oct. 10, 2023

Media Advisory: First-year UArizona engineering students to test their designs at Solar Oven Throw Down

  • What: UArizona College of Engineering Solar Oven Throw Down
  • When: Thursday, Oct. 12, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
  • Where: University of Arizona Mall (east of the Cactus Garden)

TUCSON, Ariz. – More than 650 first-year students from the UArizona College of Engineering will gather Thursday on the University of Arizona Mall for the Solar Oven Throw Down, cooking biscuits in solar ovens they crafted out of common, low-cost materials such as cardboard, duct tape and aluminum foil.

They'll be joined by 28 students from Salpointe Catholic High School who are taking the College of Engineering's introductory course early, as part of the Engineering 102 High School program.

The students spent time applying thermodynamic and mathematical concepts to the design and construction of the ovens. Working in small teams, they will compete as class units for the overall Throw Down award, which goes to the class that achieves the highest performance index, a measure of the temperature reached divided by the cost of the materials. They'll also compete for the highest average oven temperature – 339 degrees Fahrenheit last year – and the "all in the same boat" teamwork award from sponsor W.L. Gore and Associates.

The Solar Oven Throw Down represents one of the students' first hands-on design experiences as part of the College of Engineering's four-year Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program.

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Media contact:
Katy Smith

College of Engineering

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