What are Solar Ovens? Reply

Screenshot 2017-10-12 at 8.49.58 AM.pngBrian Lam

Mr. Dandridge, Mrs. Dandridge, and Mrs. Winemiller’s sixth-grade students will be undertaking another experiment: the solar oven experiment.

“For students who haven’t done this yet, this experiment will sure be fun. It’ll seem more like entertainment than a boring school project,” says Mr. Dandridge.

Unlike projects that provide instructions on the necessities after the objective is learned, this experiment uses the students’ already-known knowledge about the factors of heat. The students objective is to burn/melt something using a contraption made from a cardboard box, construction paper, wax paper, and tin foil made which needs to attain its source of heat from the sun. How the sixth graders will attain the heat relies on their knowledge of what they learned in previous years.

Sixth-grade scholars will first be provided with the materials for the project. They then must build their way to success. The contraption must first be shaded so the radiation from the sun is not burning the object itself. Using their established knowledge of heat, sixth graders must build a coverage that converts/reflects the radiation onto the substance. For example, if the object being burned was a chocolate bar, the sun’s radiation should not contribute in the melting of the bar, but the radiation converted into heat should mainly melt the chocolate.

For example, if the object being burned was a chocolate bar, the sun’s radiation should not contribute in the melting of the bar, but the radiation converted into heat should mainly melt the chocolate.

The rules of the experiment are that students can only use their prior knowledge about heat, which means they cannot research the factors of heat once the experiment has started. they must only use the materials provided, and they can’t use the sun as a heat source. This experiment is being graded by experimental design (how sturdy the device is created), results (how well the subject is melted or burned), and functionality.

This experiment is being graded on experimental design (how sturdy the device is created), results (how well the subject is melted or burned), and functionality.

“ Pray for sun,” Mr. Dandridge told sixth grade students as they will need a bright day in order to succeed in this experiment.

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