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Shipping for Survival

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on how packaging engineers develop customized shipping and packaging containers to meet the needs of many different industries. Students learn about different packages that have been engineered to transport hearts for surgery, blood for analysis, and foods to retain freshness. Students then work in teams to build a container that will allow a flower to be shipped without damage and with water using everyday items. Flowers must remain fresh and not wilted for 24 hours after being sealed in the box.

Age Levels:

8 - 18
Objectives 
  • Learn about package engineering.
  • Learn about engineering design and redesign.
  • Learn how engineering can help solve society's challenges.
  • Learn about teamwork and problem solving.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • packaging engineering
  • engineering design
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students learn about how important packaging design and engineering can be, especially when the item being shipped is an organ ready for transplant, or other living items. Students work in teams to design, build, and test a packaging system that will allow a fresh flower to be safely shipped and arrive alive and not wilted after 24 hours. Student teams with the smallest package to achieve the goal receive extra points in the activity.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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