by James Wampler
(Shelbyville, Ky. USA)
This weekend, I spent a little time building the website for my class to visit as they are building their own solar ovens. The idea is to build a resource that serves as a launching point for their own construction.
It is not anywhere near finished, and is in early stages right now, but I will share updates as things progress. I am considering making a few video tutorials for the students and this should allow me to post the content that I want in the way that I would like.
Right now, I plan on devoting a tab to each part of the process; research, design, construction, testing/revision.
In the Research tab, I'd like to walk students through the different types of solar ovens so that they can examine the pros, cons, and examples of each type.
In the Design tab, I'd like to give examples of the design process. This whole project was kicked off by my interest in the SolSource parabolic cooker, which was an example of using engineering to reduce a human impact. I think they went through 13 different designs before settling on their final one.
The construction and testing/revision tabs will most likely be the most media intensive. Since weebly allows for direct youtube videos and photo collages, I will be able to post instructional videos and student results.
I have a student that is gifted with technology building a backup site. She was excited by the idea when I mentioned it to her class and volunteered to build a website because she is learning programming. How cool is that?
I'll share her website as it begins to come together. For now, here is our class weebly:
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