Solar Cooking

COLLECTION

UPPER ELEMENTARY  |  SCIENCE

Solar Cooking

Students will investigate the movement of heat energy (convection, conduction, insulation) and use their understanding of heat energy to design a solar oven and to design a method for extending the growing season in the schoolyard garden.

Essential Questions

  • What is the “urban heat” island effect? How does it effect us?
  • How can we use our understanding of heat energy to extend our growing season?
  • How can we use our understanding of heat energy to design a solar oven?

Standards Addressed

Focus
  • S3P1. Students will investigate how heat is produced and the effects of heating and cooling, and will understand a change in temperature indicates a change in heat.
    • a. Categorize ways to produce heat energy such as burning, rubbing (friction), and mixing things.
    • b. Investigate how insulation affects heating and cooling.
    • c. Investigate the transfer of heat energy from the sun to various materials.
    • d. Use thermometers to measure the changes in temperatures of water samples over time.

Explorations in this Collection

Designing Solar Ovens

Designing Solar Ovens

Designing Season-Extenders for the Garden

Designing Season-Extenders for the Garden

Investigating Heat Transfer – Conduction and Insulation

Investigating Heat Transfer – Conduction and Insulation

Investigating Heat Transfer – Convection

Investigating Heat Transfer – Convection

Investigating Heat Transfer – Ultraviolet Radiation

Investigating Heat Transfer – Ultraviolet Radiation

Measuring the Urban Heat Island Effect

Measuring the Urban Heat Island Effect

Competing in an Ice Cube Race

Competing in an Ice Cube Race

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