There are currently no educational resources to teach middle and high school students about efficient biomass stoves…our project is changing that! The Global Cookstove Education Project (GCEP) uses project-based learning to connect students from around the world through the issues of personal energy use, biomass resources, and efficient cookstoves. Pioneered in 2012 by a group of educators from 4 countries, the GCEP allows students to participate in a global educational collaboration as they investigate biomass use, build small cookstoves, test stove efficiency, and search for solutions to the health and environmental problems that arise from the fact that half the earth’s population burns wood or charcoal to meet their daily energy needs. Although still in its infancy, the GCEP has recently begun to gain traction in terms of not only educating students about biomass use issues and efficient cookstoves, but also by serving as model for the use of STEM design projects to encourage collaborations between students around the world.
The participation of over one hundred students in a global collaborative stove building process.
Anthony McHugh is a 1st year MIT undergrad studying Civil Engineering. He is a resident of iHouse, a living-learning community designed to prepare its occupants for careers in international development. As a resident of iHouse, he participated in a seminar entitled Topics in International Development in the fall of 2012, and has had the opportunity to speak with leaders of many development projects both on campus and in the surrounding community. He participated in the founding and organization of a summer mathematics camp for middle school students while he was in high school. He will serve as the team leader, and will take charge of marketing and publicity for the project.
Ishwar Kohale is a 1st year MIT undergrad interested in studying Biological Engineering. He is also a resident of iHouse, and participated in the seminar. Ishwar Kohale grew up in a rural area in Maharashtra, India and is familiar with the educational system in India. He will work on strengthening connections with the Srishti School and other cookstove projects in India. He will take the lead in conducting research and developing a prototype.
Rich Lehrer has taught science at the middle school level in Canada, Venezuela, Brazil, and the United States. Interested in issues of global education, he has taught for six years in Massachusetts, and has recently implemented a cookstove education project at Brookwood School in Manchester, MA. Along with Anthony and Ishwar, Rich has also been working closely with four former students who have played a key role in developing, revising, and refining the project.
São Paolo, Brazil
Private Brazilian high school.
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