Solar-powered snack-sizzling for Royal Wootton Bassett students

By Barrie Hudson - 14 July 2022

  • Beth Huntingford and Poppy Brunton pictured during the project

    Beth Huntingford and Poppy Brunton pictured during the project

Year 7 and 8 science club students at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy built solar ovens to cook marshmallows for s’mores.

  • Samuel Parkin and Jessica Bullock

    Samuel Parkin and Jessica Bullock

Members of the school’s science club have been doing experiments and projects throughout the year and were given carte blanche to come up with their own scientific creation, using the materials available to them within the school.  

They came up with the idea of creating solar ovens, which work  by converting sunlight into energy that can be used to cook food.  

Tho ovens have been used around the world for many years, with the first one being made in 1767 by a Swiss scientist.

One of the biggest benefits of solar ovens is that they do not release carbon dioxide, a contributing factor in climate change.  Greater usage of solar ovens can help to reduce the global carbon footprint.

Stephanie Mortimer, Science Teacher at Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, said of the science club members: “They looked at which materials would make the best solar oven and they also had to decide how they would collect data to determine what made it ‘the best’.  

The solar ovens they ended up producing were all very different in design, but all had something in common.

Th teacher added: “It was surprising how long it took for the ovens to heat up.  After an hour, only a few ovens had marshmallows that were a bit gooey!” 

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy part of the Royal Wootton Bassett Academy Trust.

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