A great exercise for your high school math students. This is a free at-home Geometry STEM project from enVision A|G|A. Students will use the properties of a parabola to design a parabolic solar reflector and describe its use.
Rays from the sun that strike a parabolic reflector parallel to the axis of symmetry are directed to the focus of the reflector, heating it. Students will use this principle to design a parabolic solar reflector and describe its properties and purpose