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Solar Students

by Sharon Cutler
(Tampa, Fl)

Our school just received a 47 panel solar array from our electric company as a grant proposal that I wrote so now I wanted the 4th and 5th grade students to learn about solar energy. I decided to teach them about solar ovens and solar race cars. Students are at the research stage in learning about what materials and supplies they need to build their ovens out of so as to incorporate as many recycled/re purposed materials as possible. We are watching short videos about making the ovens, what can be cooked in the ovens and the step by step directions for completing one. Our next step is to research what materials are available for free and what we have to purchase and what specific model they want to build. I ordered the solar blankets for each child to use as reflectors and have been collecting Styrofoam all year form packages that have been shipped to our school. Students have selected their working partners and after school time has been allotted for construction. We hope to have 16 completed ovens in time for our school wide “solar Day” activities which includes taste testing what they cooked for them.


Thank you Sharon for sharing this fantastic project with us, this is really great!

We are always excited to hear about school children learning about and participating in projects such as these, especially when it concerns solar cooking ;)

We would love to hear more about the "Solar Day" and how it goes.
You can even share photos of the even with us if you wish, our site visitors love to see such as this.


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