Hillcrest High School integrated physics student Clinton Okechukwu displays his solar oven. | Supplied photo
Updated: December 18, 2013 6:02AM
When it comes to learning at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills, there’s “smore” going on than meets the eye.
At least that was the case when integrated physics teachers Jacob Mooney, Julie Kirk, Linda Griffin and Tony Rappold used the sun’s heat to show their students how energy works.
By using aluminum foil, pizza boxes, plastic wrap, glue and tape, the students were able to see first-hand how energy is transferred from one form to another.
Students gathered quantitative and qualitative data throughout the duration of the experiment to support or disprove their hypothesis of how different factors can affect the amount of energy transferred.
As a culminating event and sweet treat, the students used the solar ovens to reflect and convert the sun’s light energy into heat that melted chocolate and marshmallows for the students’ S’mores.
The Hillcrest High School lab provided a hands-on experience that allowed students to experience data collection and analysis while creating a greater level of engagement and excitement for science.