Solar S'mores Science

FUN KID PROJECT:  Make solar S'mores!
Here is a fun project to try with the kids this Summer- Make solar s'mores!
 All you need is an old pizza box and a few other items from around the house.  You could have the pizza for dinner and the s'mores for dessert?  My kids thought that was a great idea!

How to Make Solar S'mores
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!

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Materials
  • An empty pizza box
  • Aluminum foil
  • Plastic wrap
  • Black paper
  • A knife or box cutter
You will also need chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows!


Method
  • Use the knife to carefully cut the lid of the pizza box on 3 sides, leaving it attached on the back end.  
  • Lift the flap, and cover the bottom side in foil.
  • Then, line the bottom of the pizza box with black paper.
  • And finally, tightly cover the hole in the box with clear plastic wrap.  I found this diagram from Science U very helpful.
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!

Here is what ours looked like
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!
Now, the fun can begin!  Have kids build s'mores and then place them on the black paper inside the oven
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!
If you do not have any black paper on hand you can use foil to line the box like we did above.

Once the s'mores are in the box, close the portion of the lid covered in plastic wrap, and then prop the foil covered top flap open.  We used a stick for this.  

It is now time to observe and wait......
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!
My girls loved checking on the s'mores, and after about 15 minutes they were ready to eat!
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!
FUN SCIENCE:  Make solar S'mores using a pizza box!  We do this every Summer- so fun!
Now that's fun science!  And so yummy!

The Science Behind the Fun
  • For more on this experiment and how the oven works check out this article which offers a detailed explanation.
  • To learn even more about solar energy and how it works give these experiments a try.

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