013 - Solar Ovens - 3rd grade

 3rd grade teachers dressed up as solar ovens for our Halloween parade. They won the "Best Group"

3rd grade teachers dressed up as solar ovens for our Halloween parade. They won the "Best Group"

Driving Question: How can we use our knowledge of thermal properties, the Engineering Design Process, and our creativity to design a solar oven with minimal environmental impact?

Starting off the school year with a weather-related project was a big gamble. What if it rained? What if it were cloudy? Well, when it came time to testing out 3rd grade's solar ovens, it was a bright and sunny afternoon - even though it was a bit cold. After sessions of research, prototyping, testing, and retesting, our 3rd grade boys build great solar ovens. A few carefully engineered solar ovens even melted enough cheese for nachos!

Solar Ovens, ready to cook some nachos!

One of our many successful solar oven!

Showing some originality in a chip toaster, with separate cheese warmer.

Solar ovens lined up on the roof to collect solar energy!