Solar-Oven Experiment

Whether it was a shoebox wrapped in tin foil or a cast-iron skillet, the CDS 5th graders methodically set up their smore's solar ovens to receive the most sun so that upon their return they would have a melted, gooey treat. 

After studying energy in this month's science Unit of Inquiry, students were tasked with creating their own solar ovens that would use thermal energy to cook their smores.  Fifth graders learned about heat transfer, convection, conduction, and insulation in preparation for their assignment. They read about groups such as the Solar Cookers International (SCI) and the environmental group Earthwatch who have brought solar ovens to countries all over the world with the goal of creating a safe, pollution-free way to cook.

Once 12 struck on the clock, class by class eagerly returned to see what awaited them. Would there be melted chocolate? Maybe a soft marshmallow? Laughter and sticky hands quickly appeared as they realized their contraptions were successful. 

CDS 5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens
5th Grade Solar Ovens

Thank you to the CDS 5th-grade teachers, Mrs. Monty, Mrs. Rodriguez, Ms. Youngblood, Mrs. Viera, & Dr. Fisher, for facilitating this lesson. It was a delicious one!