Solar Oven Pizza


 Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

My son has wanted to make a solar oven ever since he saw one on a Curious George episode a few years ago.

 

This year, as we started planning our summer, or NOT, the kids and I brainstormed a list of what we wanted to do this summer.

 

High on my son’s list: make a solar oven.

 

It turns out that pizza box solar ovens are pretty easy. We more or less followed the instructions from Scientific American’s Science Buddies, except we used clear packing tape.

 

The instructions are for making s’mores, but I wondered . . . why not use our pizza box solar oven to make … pizza!

 

After we had the oven ready (or so we thought), we spread some pasta sauce on store-bought, pre-baked crust. Then we topped it with mozzarella cheese.

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

We carried it outside and set it in our oven.

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

Then we waited. And waited. And waited…. The cheese wasn’t melting.

 

Here’s where you learn that I am not an engineer in any shape or form:

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

I re-read the instructions. Oops! You’re supposed to close up the box. Duh!

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

Actually following the instructions helped a lot.

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

All three kids were excited to share a “solar pizza” snack.

 

Solar Oven Pizza kids activity. Great summertime STEM project!

 

We’ve made solar pizza two more times since then, adding an extra foil-covered panel on the side and cooking three slices at once. The kids want to keep doing over and over!

 

I’m really glad we’re making pizza – that’s easier for me to say “yes” to than s’mores.

 

Nevertheless, my grocery list for this week does have chocolate and marshmallows on it — because we love saving room for dessert!

 


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