The collaboration between Haiti and Tech Valley High School (TVHS) was forged in 2009 when we partnered with a team of engineers to design solar ovens. We were seeking student mastery of specific mathematics and science content – quadratic equations, insulative and conductive properties of materials, engineering design, impacts of deforestation – and desired a meaningful application. The result was a challenge to students to design, build, and test a solar oven using a parabolic trough concept. They also had to research and present on the history of deforestation in impoverished countries and the imperative to move away from wood as a fuel source. Their presentations were judged by professional engineers, and the strongest student designs were sent to Haitian nonprofits that were disseminating solar ovens.