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Featured Activity: Make a Solar Cooker

Work with your students to make solar cookers using common household materials.

Goal: Students learn the basic principles of solar-thermal and passive-solar heating.

Subjects: Science, Art, and Language

Time: Two 1-hour class periods

Setting: Classroom for solar cooker construction and outside on a sunny day for testing ovens and cooking

Materials: How to Build a Solar Cooker Worksheet, cardboard, heavy tin foil (18 inches wide), glue (white glue or spray adhesive), black paint, scissors, and something to cook (see ideas listed in the activity).

Key Vocabulary: Energy, heat, passive solar, pasteurization, photon, renewable resource, solar energy, and solar thermal.