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The Power of the Solar Oven

Authored by EcoRise and Representaciones e Inteligencia Sustentable

110 minutes
At least two 55-minute class periods
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Science
Grade: 
9, 10
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In this lesson, students explore the impact of deforestation on the global climate, as well as some of the specific difficulties facing indigenous people living in forested regions. They learn how the UN-REDD program is addressing some of these difficulties by providing sustainable solutions. They then hone in on a simple tool—the solar oven—and explore how it is making a difference for many people living in remote regions of the world. Students take a close look at various solar oven designs and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each before building their own solar oven and testing its effectiveness.

Key objectives for students
Analyze the causes and consequences of deforestation.
Describe the advantages of using a solar oven to harness solar radiation.
Analyze the strengths and weaknesses of different solar oven designs.
Construct a working solar oven and consider various design improvements.
Secondary subjects
Arts, Civics and Government, Environmental Education, History, Mathematics, Physics
Topics
Deforestation, solar energy, solar radiation, Energy transfer, radiation, Convection, Conduction, solar oven, Climate
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Empathy, Global Leadership, Mindfulness, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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