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Cook Food Using the Sun
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Learners build a solar oven from a cardboard pizza box, aluminum foil ...

Learners build a solar oven from a cardboard pizza box, aluminum foil and plastic. Learners can use their oven to cook S'mores or other food in the sun. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy. Safety note: The solar oven can get very hot. Adult supervision recommended.

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Engineering
Environmental Science
Technology
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Social Sciences
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Activities and Labs
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Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Cooking with the Sun - Creating a Solar Oven
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Student groups are given a set of materials: cardboard, insulating materials, aluminum ...

Student groups are given a set of materials: cardboard, insulating materials, aluminum foil and Plexiglas, and challenged to build solar ovens. The ovens must collect and store as much of the sun's energy as possible. Students experiment with heat transfer through conduction by how well the oven is insulated and radiation by how well it absorbs solar radiation. They test the effectiveness of their designs qualitatively by baking some food and quantitatively by taking periodic temperature measurements and plotting temperature vs. time graphs. To conclude, students think like engineers and analyze the solar oven's strengths and weaknesses compared to conventional ovens.

Subject:
Education
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Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
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TeachEngineering
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TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
Techtronics Program,
Exploring Solar Power
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Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate ...

Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate power. First, they investigate heat transfer and heat storage through the construction, testing and use of a solar oven. With a lesson focused on photovoltaic cells, students learn the concepts of energy conversion, conservation of energy, current and voltage. By constructing model solar powered cars, students see these conceptual ideas manifested in modern technology. Furthermore, the solar car project provides opportunities to explore a number of other topics, such as gear ratios and simple mechanics. Both of these design and construction projects are examples of engineering design.

Subject:
Education
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Full Course
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
Techtronics Program,
Reflective Solar Cooker
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In this activity, learners use the Sun's energy to cook marshmallows. Learners ...

In this activity, learners use the Sun's energy to cook marshmallows. Learners construct the solar oven out of simple everyday materials. They experiment to see how the color of the marshmallow (vanilla or chocolate) and height of the straws affect cooking time. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy and reflection. Note: this activity requires adult supervision.

Subject:
Engineering
Technology
Education
Ecology
Forestry and Agriculture
Chemistry
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
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SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
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McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Using Heat from the Sun
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Students discuss where energy comes from, including sources such as fossil fuels, ...

Students discuss where energy comes from, including sources such as fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable technologies such as solar energy. After this initial exploration, students investigate the three main types of heat transfer: convection, conduction and radiation. Students learn how properties describe the ways different materials behave, for instance whether they are insulators or conductors. Students complete a crossword puzzle to reinforce their vocabulary in this content area. This prepares the class focuses on the acquisition and storage of energy through the design, construction and testing of a fully functional solar oven (the associated activity).

Subject:
Education
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
Techtronics Program,