Making a Solar Oven
NEED, Department of Energy
Activity takes about one 45- to 60-minute period to build cooker; more time needed to use and experiment with it. Additional materials required.Learn more about Teaching Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness»
This Short Demonstration/Experiment builds on the following concepts of Energy Literacy.
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- A great way of introducing solutions while exploring the science of the first Climate Literacy Principle: The Sun is the primary source of energy for Earth's climate system: http://cleanet.org/clean/literacy/index.html.
- A discussion about renewable energies and the use of solar in different part of the world will be a logical follow-up to this activity.
- Use an overhead projector to trace out the pattern provided.
- Create reading guide for passage provided.
- Have students carry out modifications to provided design and challenge them to optimize their cookers.
About the Science
- Reading passage explains the basics of a solar cooker and goes into detail about how they can be used by people all over the world - including developing countries and the military.
- This description of a solar oven stresses the concept of reflectivity and absorption. However the term albedo is not introduced.
- Passed initial science review - expert science review pending.
About the Pedagogy
- Provides instructions for building a simple solar cooker, but the teacher will have to provide context for the activity and use of the cooker.
- Also investigate other solar oven designs: http://solarcooking.org/plans/
- The more sophisticated and durable, the more likely the cookers will actually be used more than once.
- Engaging to build a solar oven and very instructive to see how well they work.
- Students of different learning types will be engaged in this activity.
Technical Details/Ease of Use
- No picture is included of a final oven. It will be helpful to see a model version of the oven that is to be built.
Entered the Collection: November 2011 Last Reviewed: June 2016