Sun bakes cookies
LEONGATHA Primary School students put their renewable energy ideas to the test on November 30, in a solar cook off.
Grade Six students have spent the term learning about renewable energy sources, and constructed their own cardboard and aluminium foil solar cookers to heat water and bake cookies.
Grade Six coordinator Tanya Starkey said the project gave students the chance to partake in an international renewable energy project.
“Our school, as well as Mirboo North, are collecting information to submit to the project which is based in Ecuador,” Ms Starkey said.
“The students learn about sustainability and different forms of energy. They are then given the task to construct a cooker which uses solar energy to heat water and bake cookies.”
Students spent the morning in the sunshine testing their cookers to see how hot they could heat 100mm of water by harnessing solar energy.
“Some of the students were very sceptical about it but I think they were pleasantly surprised,” Ms Starkey said.
Leongatha Primary College students will collect their solar cook off data and share it with schools from across the globe.
“This term we learned about different kinds of energy including tidal, solar and wind powered energies,” Grade Six student Harrison said.
“It is better for us to use renewable energies instead of coal because coal leaves a lot of waste and is bad for the environment. We do not need to dig into the ground to find tidal or solar power.”
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