[KIDS] Vocab Word of the Week: Solar Energy

Vocab Solar Energy | Readorium

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Solar Energy is energy coming from the Sun. Solar energy can be used for all sorts of purposes. Sometimes, solar energy is sometimes used by humans to power electricity, like through solar panels. We feel solar energy as heat, which can be used as well! Today we’ll take a look at using the heat from solar energy to cook up some s’mores.

Cooking With Solar Energy
Materials:
A cardboard or shoe box with an attached lid
Aluminum Foil
Tape/glue
A small pan to fit in the box
Plastic wrap
Box cutter/X-acto knife (ask an adult for help!)
A long stick (skewer, dowel, etc. about 1 foot long)
Graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows
Method:

  1. Cut a sheet of aluminum foil to match the size of the bottom of the cardboard box and attach it to the inside of the box using glue or tape. Do the same thing for the sides of the box.
  2. Now flip the box over, so that the aluminum foil side is on the top. Ask an adult to cut a 3-sided flap through the cardboard.
  3. Use the stick to prop open this flap. This flap with the foil is what will reflect solar energy into the box!. You may need to use tape to hold the stick in place. The stick should then keep this flap open.
  4. Construct your s’mores, and place them in the small pan. Then, place the pan in the box.
  5. Use plastic wrap to cover the opening in the box.
  6. Place the whole thing in the sun.
  7. It may take around ½ an hour to an hour for your s’mores to be complete depending on how hot the day is.
  8. Once finished, take them out of the box and enjoy!

    Vocab Solar Energy | Readorium

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This post was written by Natalie Duerr & Maariyah Mustafa

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