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Valdosta Middle School STEM Academy heats things up by designing their own solar ovens.

Students in Ms. Clark’s STEM Academy science class researched and designed solar ovens based on principles of conduction, convection, and radiation.  Groups used common items such as cardboard boxes, duct tape, aluminum foil, and magnifying glasses in an attempt to engineer the hottest oven.  Eggs, cake mix, and sausages were placed in the ovens and baking began at 10am.  Final results were taken around 2:30pm with the hottest oven reaching 140 degrees Fahrenheit.  All students had a great time learning about the transfer of heat.  No food was eaten in this experiment.