Grand Challenge Summit- Solar Cooker Challenge
The 2010 NAE Grand Challenges National Summit brought together
leading scientists and engineers, educators, policy leaders,
innovators and corporate executives to address the 14 Grand Challenges
(link '14 Grand Challenges' to: http://www.engineeringchallenges.org/)
articulated by the National Academy of Engineering.
The discussions were organized around the four thematic threads of the
challenges, namely, sustainability, vulnerability, health and the joy
of living, which represent key social issues of the 20th century.
AMF was invited to be part of the Grand Challenges National Summit,
focusing on how a new generation of engineers can be inspired to move
towards developing creative and effective solutions to the NAE Grand
Challenges. Sunshine has long offered a tantalizing source of
environmentally friendly power, bathing the Earth with more energy
each hour than the planet's population consumes in a year. But
capturing that power, converting it into useful forms, and especially
storing it for a rainy day, poses provocative engineering challenges.
AMF's Apron Project bridged the conceivable future of solar power
generation and its role of sustainable empowerment in developing
USC engineering students took on the Grand Challenge Summit- Solar
Cooker Challenge. Students worked in teams to assemble solar cookers
used in AMF's Apron Project and provide insight on how to improve the
process. The challenge was presented with an unopened box containing a
solar cooker and the following letter: