Media Advisory: Solar Oven Throw Down Takes Place on Friday

Oct. 14, 2019

Media Advisory: Solar Oven Throw Down Takes Place on Friday

  • What: Solar Oven Throw Down
  • When: Friday, Oct. 18, 1-2 p.m.
  • Where: University of Arizona Mall

TUCSON, Ariz. — Nearly 600 University of Arizona engineering freshmen will take to the University of Arizona Mall this Friday to cook biscuits in solar ovens they crafted out of materials such as cardboard, duct tape and aluminum foil.

The students spent the last several months applying thermodynamic and mathematical concepts to the design and construction of the ovens. The Solar Oven Throw Down represents one of the students' first hands-on design experiences as part of the college's new four-year Craig M. Berge Engineering Design Program. Faculty and industry judges will select winners and award prizes. The event is sponsored by W.L Gore & Associates.

Media contact:
Emily Dieckman
College of Engineering
The University of Arizona, a land-grant university with two independently accredited medical schools, is one of the nation's top public universities, according to U.S. News & World Report. Established in 1885, the university is widely recognized as a student-centric university and has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. The university ranked in the top 25 in 2018 in research expenditures among all public universities, according to the National Science Foundation, and is a leading Research 1 institution with $687 million in annual research expenditures. The university advances the frontiers of interdisciplinary scholarship and entrepreneurial partnerships as a member of the Association of American Universities, the 62 leading public and private research universities in the U.S. It benefits the state with an estimated economic impact of $4.1 billion annually.