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Solar Cooker Competition

The Challenge: 
    Design and build a solar cooker that heats up a cup of water as much as possible

Design specifications:
  • Maximum size is 1 cubic meter 
  • Must fit a cup of water inside 
  • Only re-used materials are allowed 
  • Only solar energy may be used for heating 
Design questions to think about:
  1. How will your oven collect the most light energy? 
  2. How will your oven transfer as much light energy into heat energy as possible? 
  3. How will your oven trap heat energy inside it? 
  4. What kinds of colors would be best for your oven?
Internet resources: (to find out how a solar cooker works)

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