Solar Cooker Activity

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Have your students learn about heat energy and radiation from the sun by building solar cookers! They love making a competition out of it and seeing whose solar cooker gets the hottest. Students will make a draft of their cooker, list supplies needed, and write building procedures. After the lab they have questions to answer regarding the experiment. Works great in warm climates!

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3 pages
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Teaching Duration
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NGSSHS-PS3-3
Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy. Emphasis is on both qualitative and quantitative evaluations of devices. Examples of devices could include Rube Goldberg devices, wind turbines, solar cells, solar ovens, and generators. Examples of constraints could include use of renewable energy forms and efficiency. Assessment for quantitative evaluations is limited to total output for a given input. Assessment is limited to devices constructed with materials provided to students.
NGSSMS-PS3-3
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer. Examples of devices could include an insulated box, a solar cooker, and a Styrofoam cup. Assessment does not include calculating the total amount of thermal energy transferred.
NGSSMS-ETS1-4
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

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