Hands-on Activity: Cooking with the Sun - Creating a Solar Oven
Educational Standards :
Pre-Req Knowledge (Return to Contents)
Students should have completed the Using Heat from the Sun associated lesson if the teacher wishes them to have a fundamental understanding of how a solar oven works.
Learning Objectives (Return to Contents)
After this activity, students should be able to:
Materials List (Return to Contents)
Each group needs:
Introduction/Motivation (Return to Contents)
Suggested motivation ideas:
Vocabulary/Definitions (Return to Contents)
Procedure (Return to Contents)
Using the suggested materials, give students the freedom to choose their own designs. Clearly explain the following considerations prior to building the solar ovens.
A detailed explanation of how to construct an example solar oven can be found at http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html
Safety Issues (Return to Contents)
Troubleshooting Tips (Return to Contents)
Investigating Questions (Return to Contents)
Assessment (Return to Contents)
Class Discussion and Presentations:
Determine whether or not students grasped the key concepts from the solar oven activity by asking the following questions:
Have students compare their temperature versus time plots.
Activity Extensions (Return to Contents)
Have students use their ovens to cook other food.
Visit a nearby solar house that uses solar hot water or passive solar heating.
Determine how well the oven performs in the winter. How important is the season? How important is the time of day? How important is the outside temperature?
What are the similarities between the greenhouse effect and the solar ovens?
Activity Scaling (Return to Contents)
Scaling of this activity depends on the amount of interaction between the students and the teacher during the design and building process.
References (Return to Contents)
Radabaugh, Joe. "Making and Using a Solar Cooker." Published November/December 2004. Backwoods Home Magazine. Issue 30, 1998. Accessed June 2, 2004. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html Accessed 6/2/2004. http://www.backwoodshome.com/articles/radabaugh30.html
Solar Cooking International, "The Solar Cooking Archive." Solar Cooking International. Accessed June 2, 2004. (lots of good information on solar cooking and building solar ovens, including recipes, plans and information on where solar ovens are used) http://www.solarcooking.org
ContributorsRoni Prucz, Rahmin Sarabi, Lauren Powell
Copyright© 2013 by Regents of the University of Colorado; original © 2004 Duke University
Supporting Program (Return to Contents)Techtronics Program, Pratt School of Engineering, Duke University
Acknowledgements (Return to Contents)
This content was developed by the MUSIC (Math Understanding through Science Integrated with Curriculum) Program in the Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University under National Science Foundation GK-12 grant no. DGE 0338262. However, these contents do not necessarily represent the policies of the NSF, and you should not assume endorsement by the federal government.