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The Global Efficient Cookstove Education Project

The Global Efficient Cookstove Education Project

Competition Year: 2013

Creating a stovebuilding curriculum that connects middle and high schools around the world.

Education and Training

  • Team Members
  • A. B
  • R. Lehrer
  • I. N


Stove Building at Brookwood

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Our Pitch

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.


2013 Yunus Challenge - Education: Solutions for Learning

Who We Are

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.

Our Community Partner

Partner Name

Colegio Bandeirantes


São Paolo, Brazil


Private Brazilian high school.


  • Service Location
    Gisozi, Rwanda
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Comments and Support

  • Good luck

    Posted by Mari on Tue, May 28th 2013, 15:39 Report Abuse

  • Cool project Rich.

    Posted by S. Meadows on Tue, May 7th 2013, 12:56 Report Abuse

  • Great job Rich!

    Posted by M. Peltier on Tue, Apr 30th 2013, 09:11 Report Abuse

  • Very inspiring and an amazing idea!

    Posted by Juliette DeCarlo on Fri, Apr 26th 2013, 07:32 Report Abuse

  • So glad this is getting the attention it deserves! Soon you'll be getting featured at a film festival in Seattle, go Global Efficient Cookstove!

    Posted by S. Holch on Wed, Apr 24th 2013, 20:18 Report Abuse

  • Great innovative project!

    Posted by R. Fuerte on Wed, Apr 24th 2013, 10:04 Report Abuse

  • Good luck.....God is on our side.

    Posted by Sam Mbanda on Tue, Apr 23rd 2013, 18:38 Report Abuse

  • So many benefits from this project! Reduce emissions! Reduce respiratory illness! Reduce needless burning of fuels! Maximize energy conservation! Maximize international goodwill! And much much more! Wish I could vote more than once!

    Posted by M. Anding on Mon, Apr 22nd 2013, 20:27 Report Abuse

  • Love this - so inspiring!

    Posted by j. purdon on Mon, Apr 22nd 2013, 13:57 Report Abuse

  • Great idea!!

    Posted by H. MacNeill on Sun, Apr 21st 2013, 20:41 Report Abuse

  • this is a very worth while project which will benefit many people and countries

    Posted by don lehrer on Sun, Apr 21st 2013, 17:31 Report Abuse

  • Hello Team, Welcome to Ideas Global Challenge. All the best for the competition. Looking forward to you're work. Shoot me with questions if you have any.--Sneha Chitte(Community Manager, MIT Global Challenge)

    Posted by S. Chitte on Wed, Dec 5th 2012, 16:29 Report Abuse

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