Let's Build Sun Ovens (Lesson 9)

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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will follow written directions and use what they have learned about necessary components of a solar oven to build three different ovens in small groups.

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Description:

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the students to three different styles of inexpensive solar ovens. Students will work together to build a File Box oven, an auto shade/bucket oven and a “Copenhagen” style oven. Students will follow written directions and use what they have learned about the necessary components of a solar oven (reflective material, support, dark cooking pot and dark paper--used only on the file box oven). Students will use the ovens to cook cookies and compare and contrast the effectiveness of the ovens.

Science Kit Material(s) Used

Infrared Temperature Gun

Other Material(s) Used

See handouts for exact materials of 3 styles of solar ovens: “The File Box Solar Over” handout • “Automobile Shade Solar Oven” handout • “The Copenhagen Solar Oven” handout