While camping, students must utilize the sun’s energy to cook two dishes in a solar cooker. Explore three different types of solar cookers which leads them to designing, building, and testing their own cooker.
Students are in an outdoor adventure group traveling to Yuma, Arizona for a camping trip. While camping, they must utilize the sun’s energy to cook two dishes in a solar cooker. Using the engineering design process as a guide, students research fundamental principles related to solar cookers including solar energy, temperature, heat, greenhouse effect, absorption, and reflection. They learn about three different types of solar cookers which leads them to designing, building, and testing their own cooker. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: stop watch, thermometer, aluminum foil, poster board, cotton balls, bubble wrap, cling wrap, plastic bags, glass jars, plastic cups, paper plates, foam board, black paint, and cardboard boxes.
Students will design a vessel around an egg that represents the protective gear a stunt-person may wear when jumping from a building. Explore topics on gravity, velocity, Newton’s Laws of Motion, mass, weight, force, and acceleration.