Learning objects Energy from the Sun


Use the Sun's energy to cook food. Select design settings for a solar cooker: shape, direction and surface. Or select design settings for a solar oven: cover, insulation and lining. Choose variables to reach temperatures needed to cook food such as chicken, pasta and bread. This learning object is a combination of four objects in the same series.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students recognise that the Sun is a source of renewable energy.
  • Students identify surfaces that will absorb or reflect heat.
  • Students compare heat retention and insulation properties of a range of materials and container covers.
  • Students compare the concentration of solar energy captured using a range of orientations and concavity of surfaces.
  • Students compare the results of different simulations to determine the best design for a solar cooker and solar oven.
Educational value
  • Provides an introduction about using the Sun for renewable energy.
  • Shows that three key design features for a solar oven are cover, insulation and lining.
  • Shows that three key design features for a solar cooker are shape, direction and surface.
  • Prompts students to change each design variable and observe the effect on cooking temperature.
  • Allows students to test their solar oven and cooker designs on a variety of foods.
  • Provides scaffolded feedback on how well the student’s design suits the type of food being cooked.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Earth and space sciences
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Light
    • Science/Absorption
    • Science/Energy - reflection
    • Science/Energy transfer
    • Science/Energy transformation
    • Science/Reflection
    • Science/Sun
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Sydney NSW Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Colin Web
    • Organisation: University of Western Sydney
    • Address: Penrith NSW Australia
    • URL: http://www.uws.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
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