Saved by the Sun

This activity features video segments from a 2007 PBS program on solar energy. Students follow a seven-step invention process to design, build, and test a solar cooker that will pasteurize water. In addition, they are asked to describe how transmission, absorption, and reflection are used in a solar cooker to heat water and to evaluate what variables contribute to a successful cooker.

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Jeff Lockwood
NOVA Teachers
Activity takes five to eight 45-minute class periods. Additional materials required.

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The pictures and descriptions of sample solar cookers are helpful to guide teachers in their instruction and scaffolding of the project.

A comprehensive list of necessary building materials is provided.

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