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Solar Oven Science Activity

     The 8th grade science classes of McCall, Wooten, and Schneider participated in building a solar oven to cook hot dogs. The solar oven is a visual example of harnessing the sun’s energy to use as a fuel on Earth. The sun produces nuclear energy through fusion of the hydrogen atoms at its core. This nuclear energy radiates out into our solar system reaching the Earth's surface as both light and thermal energy. The solar oven uses aluminum foil to gather and focus this thermal energy onto a hot dog through convection (heat/flames never actually touch the hot dog). While more time consuming than a microwave, stove, or conventional oven, the solar oven produces no emissions and uses no resources other than the sun.