Solar Oven Challenge: Environmental Science at Gunston


Mr. Law's AP Environmental Science class built solar ovens and participated in the annual “Solar Oven Challenge.” 

“Student groups are given a set of materials: cardboard, insulating materials, aluminum foil and Plexiglas, and challenged to build solar ovens. The ovens must collect and store as much of the sun's energy as possible. Students experiment with heat transfer through conduction by how well the oven is insulated and radiation by how well it absorbs solar radiation. They test the effectiveness of their designs qualitatively by baking some food and quantitatively by taking periodic temperature measurements and plotting temperature vs. time graphs. To conclude, students think like engineers and analyze the solar oven's strengths and weaknesses compared to conventional ovens.” -

The winners were Bella Adams ’21 and Erin McDonald ’21. They brought their solar oven to a record breaking 138 degrees celsius (280F).

Plenty warm enough to melt a marshmallow and make a delicious s'more!

  • class of 2021
  • Environmental Science
  • Learn by Doing
  • Solar Ovens