Cook Food Using the Sun

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Learners build a solar oven from a cardboard pizza box, aluminum foil and plastic. Learners can use their oven to cook S'mores or other food in the sun. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy. Safety note: The solar oven can get very hot. Adult supervision recommended. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Empty pizza box
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Tape
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scissors or utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Paper plate
  • Chocolate or marshmallows
  • Graham crackers
  • Thermometer (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
    • Technology
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
    • Energy
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access