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Hamlin Middle students helping refugees one solar cooker at a time

The project is intended to teach students the science behind the solar cookers while helping them understand the issues refugees face.

Posted: Jun 12, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Jun 12, 2019 6:14 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Students at Hamlin Middle School are helping refugees with household scraps.

In the last three years, 6th graders have been taught how to create solar cookers for refugees. The project is intended to teach students the science behind the solar cookers while helping them understand the issues refugees face./p>

Student Deeann Diaz told KEZI 9 News the project made her realize that her work will be helping others around the world.

“It’s cool to think ... how efficient the solar cookers actually are, even though they are made out of scrap, like it’s actually working and ... people on the other side of the world need these to be able to cook food,” Diaz said.

The solar cookers are made out of cardboard, tin foil and black construction paper. The students also tested their cookers with different types of food and rebuilt their models as needed.

This is also the third year the students have raised money for Solar Cookers International, and it’s the first year they will be splitting the money with the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County.

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