Are you interested in making a solar oven as a STEM engineering activity?
Solar ovens can be made out of simple household materials and they really work! Students can use a cardboard box, foil, black construction paper, and a few other materials to make a solar oven that actually works. It is easy to make a solar oven!
What can you make in a solar oven?
Your students can cook simple things like s’mores or nachos in the solar oven. The reward for hard work is getting to eat a tasty snack.
Have you ever heard the expression that it’s so hot out you could fry an egg on the sidewalk? Have you ever wondered if it’s true? Find out with this easy and fun solar oven science project that uses only household items and such as a pizza box
There is lots of Science in a Solar Oven
Students will learn about absorption, insulation, reflection, and the Sun’s energy. They will also learn about energy conversion, in this case, they will be converting light energy to heat energy. Students will also be practicing their design thinking as they modify their prototype. STEM activities like this one will engage students in design thinking and problem-solving. After you make a solar oven, you can eat the yummy treat that you make! I suggest s’mores or nachos as an easy treat to make in a solar oven. Are you interested in other STEM challenges? Your students might also enjoy making electrical circuits with copper tape.
Make a Solar Oven
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