Exploring Alternative Energy Sources: Design a Pizza Box Solar Cooker (1 hour)
1 pizza box (any size from Domino’s, Pizza Hut, etc.), newspapers, tape, scissors, black
construction paper, clear plastic wrap, aluminum foil, supplies to make s’mores.
Review how over use of fossil fuels contributes to global warming. Explain how using
alternative energy sources could be an effective way to help the decline of global warming.
Constructing the cooker:
Make sure the cardboard is folded into its box shape.
Cut out 3 sides of an 8.5 x 11” square in the lid of the box.
Fold the flap back along the uncut edge to form a crease.
Wrap the underside (inside) face of this flap with aluminum foil. Tape is so that the foil is
held firmly but that there’s not too much tape showing on the foil side of the flap.
Open the box and place a piece of black construction paper so it fits the bottom of the box
and tape it by the edges.
Roll up newspaper and fit it around the inside edges of the box (this is your insulation). The
rolls of paper should be about 1-1.5” thick. Use tape to hold the paper in place.
Cut plastic wrap an inch larger than the lid opening in the top of the box. Tape it on the
underside of the lid opening. Add another piece of plastic wrap to the top of the lid opening.
This creates a layer of air as insulation that keeps heat in the box. Be sure the plastic wrap is
The oven needs to sit at an angle facing the sun directly so you’ll need to make a prop. Also,
the flap of the box top needs to be propped open so that you can change the amount of
sunlight striking the oven window.
Make some s’mores for some snacks when you are finished constructing your solar cooker!