Museum of Science and Industry

Cook Food Using the Sun

Step 7 of 8: Open the flap and place outside

Close the lid of the pizza box. Fold back the flap and prop it open with a ruler or stick. Place the box outside, with the flap facing the sun. The sun should reflect off the flap and into the box. Let the food cook until it's done, which may take 30 minutes to an hour. If you'd lke, you can place a thermometer inside the box and measure the temperature every 10 minutes to see how hot it gets. Enjoy your snack when it's ready!

Safety note: The solar oven can get very hot. Use caution when handling.

Museum Hours
  • Daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum Location
Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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    No need for the freezer, you'll learn about freezing and melting in this activity.

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