I recently spoke with Peggy, a Solar Flare owner, about her success with the solar cooker and the response she had with kids and parents. Peggy sent me a recap of our conversation so we could share it with all of you!
As we just discussed by phone, 60 6th graders from Aptos Middle School in San Francisco made solar chocolate fondue using organic fair trade chocolate of course
This activity was one of several focusing on harnessing energy from the sun at our off-the-grid environmental education center called the EcoCenter. The first group which started at about 10:30 am broke up chocolate bars into small rectangular pieces (3 bars and about 1/3 cup of heavy cream) and placed in the darkened ball jar that had not been preheated. It took about 40 minutes to completely melt. By the time we got to the last group, the fondue was ready in 5 minutes and the chocolate was bubbling! So we need to work out how to use the cooker better. Regardless, the kids and parents had a great time and learned to appreciate using solar thermal energy to make a tasty treat. We will keep experimenting and let you know how it goes.