This article provides suggestions for implementing the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) solar oven curriculum in the context of the Next Generation Science Standards. The authors share one teacher’s experience as she guides her class through the process of creating a solar oven using the EiE curriculum created by the Museum of Science, Boston.
Students are introduced to the real-world problems created when cooking with wood: it is labor intensive and has a significant impact on the environment. Students then discuss these issues in the context of green engineering practices. Students investigate how engineers go about solving problems while assessing environmental impacts. This is followed by an investigation of insulators. The final portion of the lesson challenges students to develop solutions to the problem of how to insulate solar ovens, using the results from their insulation investigation.