Yesterday, we spent a wonderful afternoon across the street from the urban homestead with some very energetic 3rd graders who, for their science & social studies project, had to build a pizza box solar ovens. Not only did they do a great job of making the pizza box ovens, tbut hey also decorated the ovens with recycled materials! Great job, guys and gals. There were some pretty impressive ovens displayed – loved the one with the CD mixer attached! Guess this kid had visions of baking & being a DJ – mixing up some cool music and good eats.
In the classroom, we talked about the principles of trapping light for cooking and how the sun is a renewable resource.
Here’s an OLD video of me demoing how to make your own Pizza Box Sun Oven (note: I said it’s rather OLD so I KNOW there’s some issues with using the black paint, etc, etc)
Then it was outside to see the solar ovens at work! Thankfully, the sun peeked thru the June morning gloom just in time for us to bake some chocolate chip cookies, though I think we and the kids could have eaten the raw cookie dough just fine.
We brought our Sport Sun Oven (also made out of recycled materials) out for the cook off to show the kids another type of sun oven within minutes the cookie tray in our solar oven was too hot to touch! The kids were amazed how much heat was generated in such a short time.
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What is a solar oven? Solar ovens are ovens that use the sun’s power to bake, boil or steam a meal without gas or electricity. They can be used on weekend trips to the mountains, in your own backyard or in rural areas, basically anywhere the sun shines! Solar ovens allow food to be cooked slowly, allowing the nutrients to stay in the meal, and permitting the cook to not worry about burning the food.
Using Energy (This a kid’s book that our family was featured in that shows us installing our solar panels on our garage roof. In fact, we donated a copy to the school’s library, too!)