Build a Solar Oven

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify the purpose of and specific requirements for making a solar oven

  • List the steps needed to construct a solar oven
  • Record necessary design modifications to maximize the solar collection capacity and thus achieve a higher oven temperature
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of using different colours in the baking chamber to collect heat energy

Curriculum Connections

Science 7: Heat and Temperature
Science 9: Electrical Principles and Technologies
Science 10: Energy Flow in Technological Systems
Science 14: Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies
Science 24: Understanding Common Energy Conversion systems
Science 30: Energy and the Environment (D1.4, D1.5k, D1.3s, D2.3k, D2.4k, D2.1sts, D2.3s, D2.4s)

Science & Technology 6: Electricity and Electrical Devices (1.1)
Science & Technology 7: Heat in the Environment (1.2)
Science 9: The Characteristics of Electricity (Academic) (E1.2)
Electrical Applications (Applied) (E1.1)
Environmental Science 11: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary Environmental Changes (U/C Preparation) (B1.2)
  • Conversion of Energy (U/C Preparation) (F1.1)
  • Energy Conservation (Workplace Preparation) (D1.2)

Physics 11: Electricity and Magnetism (F1.2)
Physics 12: Energy Transformation (E1.1, E1.2)
Chemistry 12: Energy Changes and Rates of Reactions (D1.1)

Length of Activity

2 hours

Materials List

  • Solar Oven Construction Plan
  • Materials listed in the Solar Oven Construction Plan

  • Building and Testing a Solar Oven Learner Worksheet

Online Lesson Format