Let’s Get Cooking! (Lesson 10)

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

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: • Follow and prepare a recipe for cookies. • Learn to take and record oven temperature every 30 minutes using an infrared thermometer. • Evaluate the three ovens with a pros and cons list for each one after cooking. • Write one or two of their own questions. • Make suggestions for design changes.


The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with a hands-on experience using the sun to cook cornbread or cookies. Students will also learn to use an infrared thermometer. There is also an optional extension for the class or individual students to design and build the ultimate solar oven.

Science Kit Material(s) Used

Infrared Temperature Gun

Other Material(s) Used

Quiet, sunny location • 3 types of solar ovens • 3 identical lightweight black pots with lids • 2 cooking trivets (the cooling rack will work for the Auto Shade Oven) • Oven roasting bags • Infrared thermometer • Toothpick • Hot pads