Science Shorts: Solar Pizza Fridayby: Kimberly Carroll and Leigh Ray

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In an effort to bridge the gap between science and technology and its effects on everyday life, this lesson engages students in a study of solar energy and technological design. Students make real world connections and develop their skills in scientific inquiry in the process. Read on to find out how to set up a pizza box solar cooker, and get cooking with homegrown or purchased ingredients.

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  • on Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:51 AM

This was very helpful as it described in detail how to create a pizza box solar cooker. I feel that it is something that can work in nearly all science classes as kids love pizza and finding a way to integrate it into education makes them more interested in the topic. I like this activity as it is very hands on and all students can be involved, rather it be pre planning for how to construct the oven, cutting out materials or measuring dimensions. One suggestion I would make is to leave enough time in class one day to go over what modifications they would make to their apparatus, if at all.

Gustavo Sanabria
Gustavo Sanabria

  • on Fri Apr 27, 2012 12:00 PM

The idea of using solar cookers to cook pizza would be an instant winner for students. I think however, I would turn this activity around. I would have students look at traditional student make solar cookers and then have students redesign them to improve on the solar cooker. After making their ‘improvements’ students could then test the cooking of the pizzas to see which one was more efficient (faster). Cooling and eating the pizza and then discussing ways to improve seems backwards to me.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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