How Can I Turn a Solar Oven into a Refrigerator?

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Whether you want to heat things up in science class or cool things down a bit, an intriguing lab's got you covered! Science scholars explore the principles of thermodynamics using a solar oven, then change the conditions to turn their ovens into refrigerators. The activity makes a great addition to a solar energy lesson or as a jump start to science fair season.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Present the ideas in the activity, then let pupils design their own refrigerators
  • Add the resource to an alternative energy sources unit
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should be aware of some basic thermodynamic principles to build their refrigerators
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  • The concept of the lesson is interesting and works well for both middle and high school science classes
  • Students can make the refrigerator from simple materials

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