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Ms. Morkes from Compton CA is requesting materials related to Food, Clothing & Hygiene through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Cooking With Solar: Heat Energy Transfer Edtech Science

Help me give my students ThermoPro Meat Thermometers, Reynolds Aluminum Foil, Kraft Pizza Boxes, a Workpro Utility Knife Set, Black Construction Paper, and Reynolds Plastic Wrap to demonstrate heat energy transfer through creation of solar ovens!

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My Students

Students at my school site are chosen through an application process. Each one of them is unique in their own way and I do my best to make sure my classroom accommodates their learning styles accordingly. This year, I have a large number of students who have expressed great interest in Science but it has been difficult for me to gather materials to bring Science to life within our classroom.

My students choose to be at this school and are highly motivated to take on any challenges that come their way!

My students are a very social group with tons of energy. They take pride in their work and love to collaborate with others. They are a competitive group and like to be presented challenges that allow them to be creative. My students are resilient and always strive to be the best they can be.

My Project

My students began the year with a crash course of the Engineering Design Process and are currently learning about heat energy transfer through conduction, convection, and radiation. We have books and I do supplement material from the book with a powerpoint, but I need help getting materials to bring these concepts to life. Through this solar cooker project my students will be able to continue developing their creativity and collaborative skills.

These materials will make a difference in my students' learning because it will allow me to get them away from the book and powerpoint in order to bring these heat energy processes to life through their ability to go through the Engineering Design Process and create a solar cooker in small groups.

The materials I have requested are needed for each of my small groups to be able to create a solar cooker to cook a hotdog. Pizza boxes are going to be used as the solar cooker. The inside of the oven will be created using aluminum foil, black construction paper, saran wrap, and tape. I have also requested pie tins which my students can choose to use on the inside of their oven as a receptacle to cook the hotdog in. Students will measure the temperature of the hotdogs by being able to use the thermometers. Using these temperature readings, they will create a graph through a computer program. This project will allow my students to be creative because I am able to give them the same materials, but they will have the final say on how the cooker is designed through collaboration in small groups.

Ms. Morkes
Grades 6-8
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
ThermoPro TP01A Instant Read Meat Thermometer with Long Probe Digital Food Cooking Thermometer for Grilling BBQ Smoker Grill Kitchen Oil Candy Thermometer • Amazon Business $9.99 10 $99.90
Reynolds Wrap Standard Aluminum Foil - 75 Square Feet • Amazon Business $3.48 10 $34.80
Ecomojiware 9Inches Pizza Boxes Kraft Pizza Paperboard Take Out Containers Packing Boxes 10 Pieces (10, 9 Inches) • Amazon Business $14.59 2 $29.18
WORKPRO Folding Utility Knife Set Quick Change Blade, Back-Lock Mechanism 3-Piece with 10-Piece Extra Blades • Amazon Business $19.99 1 $19.99
Childcraft Construction Paper, 9 x 12 Inches, Black, 500 Sheets - 1465883 • Amazon Business $13.72 1 $13.72
Reynolds Kitchens Quick Cut Plastic Wrap - 225 Sq Ft Roll, Pack of 3 • Amazon Business $10.44 1 $10.44
Pactogo 6" Aluminum Foil Mini Pie Pans - Disposable Small Baking Tin Plates (Pack of 25) • Amazon Business $9.98 1 $9.98

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