We are on a mission to drastically improve the health conditions and quality of life for millions of families around the globe --
while teaching and inspiring the next generation of innovators.
Spark Wonder was founded in 2017 by Sarah Collins, a South African social entrepreneur, developer of the Wonderbag, and lifelong champion for human rights and environmental conservation.
The Wonderbag is a low-carbon, non-electric, insulated heat-retention cooker which allows boiled food to continue cooking without requiring more energy or attention.
Over three billion people cook over open fires in the world today. Regular use of a Wonderbag vs. cooking over an open fire results in:
- 60% reduction in deforestation due to lowered need for firewood required for cooking
- 70% reduction in the amount of indoor air pollution caused by open fire smoke
- 80% reduction in the amount of water used in cooking
Kids can easily imagine the hopes, dreams, and possibilities that could become reality when cooking does not consume so much time, energy, and natural resources. Using data from Wonderbag studies they can calculate how these impacts scale as we add to the 1,000,000+ Wonderbags already active in the world.
Spark Wonder engages students in project-based activities featuring the Wonderbag.
Lessons utilize STEM and social science principles to connect students personally to global issues such as deforestation, climate change, access to water and food, and gender issues, using real data from both laboratory and field studies of the Wonderbag.
Spark Wonder materials inspire K-12 students to use science to solve real world problems and to become globally informed citizens. Collaborative experiences include science experiments testing the wonderbag, tinkering challenges to create new technologies, as well as planning and cooking wonderbag meals together.
Deeper learning comes from investigating the living conditions of the people the wonderbag was designed to help: women and girls in developing countries whose opportunities are limited because their cooking requires them to be physically present for long hours everyday.
Spark Wonder lessons make global issues tangible and personal, helping students to see how they themselves can affect positive change in the world.
Partner with us. Help collaborate on Spark Wonder lessons and activate wonderbags in schools and homes around the world. Join us in our effort to facilitate collaboration between classrooms, from California to Cape Town, New York to Nigeria.
Let’s reach 20,000 school programs by the year 2020.
"What really struck a cord was the solution: a simple, low-tech, colorful, cloth bag created by a "regular" person. The students clearly realized that "normal" people who think deeply and globally can -- and do -- have an impact on the world. And that they, themselves, can have an impact as well."
D. Young, Elementary School Teacher
Mark Day School, California, USA