Engineering Is Saving the World With Cookstoves


Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves tells the story of the need for a new design for cookstoves in Darfur and how researchers have worked to make that happen. Videos, animations and interactive graphics explain the design process, and provide a deep dive into science concepts, like combustion. The book also contains a career spotlight video of an engineer that is working on the new stoves, and video profiles of others helping with the project. Students across the country can engage in discussion with each other about indoor air pollution in the developing world via Twitter through an embedded social media project. There is also an opportunity for students to interview engineers in their own communities, and create and share media pieces based on those interviews.

  • Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves: E-book | QUEST

    The new e-book Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves tells the story of the need for a new design for cookstoves in Darfur and how researchers have worked to make that happen. Videos, animations, and interactive graphics explain the design process and provide a deep dive into scientific concepts such as combustion. The book also contains a video of an engineer who is working on the new stoves, plus video profiles of others helping with the project. Additionally, students across the U.S. can engage in discussion with each other about indoor air pollution in the developing world via an embedded social-media project on Twitter, and there is an opportunity for students to interview engineers in their own communities and create and share media pieces based on those interviews.

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    Grades: 6-12
  • Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves: Video | QUEST

    Researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, or Berkeley Lab, have engineered a more efficient wood-burning stove for use in refugee camps in Darfur. These stoves are decreasing the amount of money families must spend on firewood.

    The e-book Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves tells the story of the need for a new design for cookstoves in Darfur and how researchers have worked to make that happen. Videos, animation, and interactive graphics explain the design process and provide a deep dive into scientific concepts such as combustion. This video is part of the e-book.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Career Spotlight: Research Scientist and Mechanical Engineer | QUEST

    Learn how a career in mechanical engineering can help save lives through cleaner burning cookstoves. Vi Rapp saves lives through engineering. She is a research scientist and mechanical engineer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory who designs clean, efficient, wood-burning cookstoves for communities around the world.

    The new e-book, Engineering Is Saving the World with Cookstoves, tells the story of the need for a new design for cookstoves in Darfur and how researchers have worked to make that happen. Videos, animations and interactive graphics explain the design process, and provide a deep dive into science concepts, like combustion. This video is part of the e-book.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Meet Genevieve Smith | QUEST

    Learn how Genevieve Smith, a student in Berkeley’s Masters of Development Practice program, is working with engineers to provide efficient stoves for communities in the developing world. This video clip is part of the e-book Engineering is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Access e-book.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Meet Julian Caubel | QUEST

    Learn how Julien Caubel is designing an efficient wood-burning cookstove for the developing world. This video clip is part of the e-book Engineering is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Access e-book.

    Grades: 6-12
  • Meet Kathleen Lask | QUEST

    Kathleen Lask is a Ph.D. student in the Applied Science and Technology program at UC Berkeley. Learn how she got involved with designing a stove to help refugees in Darfur and how that inspired her to pursue her current career path. This video clip is part of the e-book Engineering is Saving the World with Cookstoves. Access e-book.

    Grades: 6-12

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