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STEM Initiative Introduces Budding Scientists to Renewable Energy
September 15, 2009
Rivulets of sweat trickled down the nose of one seventh grader as she guided an infrared gun along the inside of a solar oven she and her friends had designed. She then used a food-thermometer to take the internal temperature of a hot dog cooking on a hand-turned spit inside the solar oven.
Arizona State University
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