Let's Build Sun Ovens (Lesson 9)

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Intended Grade Level(s):
3-5
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.

Lesson Number:
9
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
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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