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Cook Food Using the Sun


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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Cook Food Using the Sun

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.

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:
Activity

Language:
English

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)

Subjects


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

Informal Categories


  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment
  • Outdoor Activity

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, ©2012

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