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Coming to a neighborhood near you: Build your own Solar Oven with the CoServ Academy

Coming to a neighborhood near you: Build your own Solar Oven with the CoServ Academy


The dog days of summer are here with highs in the 90s and a feel-like temperature that’s closer to 100 degrees.  

How about we put that sun to work in a fun educational way?

With just a pizza box, aluminum foil and a few other materials, you can make your own solar oven that harnesses the power of the sun. The same greenhouse effect that heats up your car on a hot day can also be used to cook a fun tasty snack. The goal of this project is to build a solar oven, then get some crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to make s’mores!

The CoServ Energy Education team will be hosting four events in July where we’ll be giving away the materials to build your own solar oven and helping your children build them alongside our team at a location near you. This is part of our Summer CoServ Academy, with the same folks that teach students fun science and safety facts about electricity during the school year now doing it during the summer.

Pre-registration is required for these free events so we make sure we have enough materials on-hand to build the Solar Ovens.

To register, please fill out the form below. Submit questions to academicsupport@coserv.com.

There are 25 spots per event so don’t wait to register. Participants can still take part in the project if the spots fill up, but they’ll have to bring their own materials to build the solar oven.

Find out where we’ll be and what materials are needed below:

July 14

  • Location: Central Park (Pavillion 1) 
  • Address: 1899 S. Edmonds Lane, Lewisville 
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

July 15

  • Location: Old City Park
  • Address: 130 E. Division Street, Pilot Point
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

July 21

  • Location: Dyer Elementary School
  • Address: 304 N. 3rd Street, Krum
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

July 23

  • Location: Union Park HOA (The Porch) 
  • Address: 4795 Union Park Boulevard E, Aubrey
  • Time: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Materials needed:

  • Cardboard box with attached lid that can be closed tightly. Box should be about 3 inches deep and big enough to set whatever you want to cook inside. Pizza boxes work great!
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear plastic wrap
  • Glue stick
  • Tape (transparent, duct tape, masking tape or whatever you have available)
  • Stick (1-foot long) to prop open the reflector flap
  • Ruler or straight edge
  • Scissors



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