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Solar Oven

Design, build, and test a solar oven.

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In many rural parts of the world, people still cook with wood. They often must collect and carry the wood many miles on their backs. They also cut down trees and shrubs instead of letting them grow tall for shade. There is lots of sunshine in these areas, especially if the climate is dry, so a solar cooker would be very useful! Most solar cookers are ovens that convert sunlight into heat energy that is used for cooking. You will design a simple solar oven and improve the design by adding reflectors and insulation while testing heating power with a temperature sensor.

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Subject
Engineering

Focus Area
Probeware

Grade Level
Elementary School

License
LGPL License

AAAS Benchmark Alignments (2008)

4. The Physical Setting

4E. Energy Transformations
  • 4E/E2c. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that a warmer object can warm a cooler one by contact or at a distance.
  • 4E/M2*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that energy can be transferred from one system to another (or from a system to its environment) in different ways: 1) thermally, when a warmer object is in contact with a cooler one; 2) mechanically, when two objects push or pull on each other over a distance; 3) electrically, when an electrical source such as a battery or generator is connected in a complete circuit to an electrical device; or 4) by electromagnetic waves.
  • 4E/M6**. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that light and other electromagnetic waves can warm objects. How much an object's temperature increases depends on how intense the light striking its surface is, how long the light shines on the object, and how much of the light is absorbed.
4F. Motion
  • 4F/E3** (ASL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that light travels and tends to maintain its direction of motion until it interacts with an object or material. Light can be absorbed, redirected, bounced back, or allowed to pass through.

8. The Designed World

8C. Energy Sources and Use
  • 8C/E2*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that sunlight is used to run many devices.
  • 8C/M2. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that different ways of obtaining, transforming, and distributing energy have different environmental consequences.
  • 8C/M5*. By the end of the 8th grade, students should know that energy from the sun (and the wind and water energy derived from it) is available indefinitely. Because the transfer of energy from these resources is weak and variable, systems are needed to collect and concentrate the energy.

12. Habits of Mind

12A. Values and Attitudes
  • 12A/E1*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should keep clear and accurate records of investigations and observations.
12C. Manipulation and Observation
  • 12C/E1. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to choose appropriate common materials for making simple mechanical constructions and repairing things.
  • 12C/E3*. By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to keep written or electronic records of information so that the records are understandable weeks or months later.
  • 12C/E6** (BSL). By the end of the 5th grade, students should be able to use audio and video recording devices for capturing information.

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© Copyright The Concord Consortium

Record Link
<a href="stem-resources/solar-oven">The Concord Consortium. Solar Oven. Concord: The Concord Consortium, 2012, May 21.</a>

AIP
Solar Oven (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/solar-oven).

AJP
Solar Oven (The Concord Consortium, Concord, 2012, May 21), WWW Document, (http://concord.org/stem-resources/solar-oven).

APA
Solar Oven. (2012, May 21). Retrieved 2014, August 22, from The Concord Consortium: http://concord.org/stem-resources/solar-oven

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Requirements

The Java Runtime Environment version 5 (sometimes referred to as 1.5) or later with Java Webstart is required to run any of the activities. You can download it at: java.com.

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