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Solar Cooker

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    American Association for the Advancement of Science

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Solar Cooker

Learners build a simple solar oven from a shoebox, black construction paper, and aluminum foil. Over the course of a few hours, the oven heats up water enough to brew tea. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Smart Attack game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Black box kit or a shoe box with no top
  • Black construction paper (if you are using a shoe box)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Water
  • 2 paper cups
  • A thermometer
  • Tape
  • A tea bag (optional)


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Solar System
      • The Sun
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • Energy

Informal Categories

  • Outdoor Activity
  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All Rights Reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ©2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation


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