Lesson Focus

This lesson demonstrates the power of mass production. Students work in teams to design, construct, test, and redesign an assembly line to manufacture a product as quickly and efficiently as possible to meet the quality control criteria.


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Translated Lessons:


Age Levels:

8 – 18

Objectives

  • Assemble a product individually that meets the quality control criteria.
  • Design an assembly line process to assemble a product as quickly and efficiently as possible meeting the quality control criteria.
  • Construct an assembly line.
  • Test and redesign the assembly line process.
  • Compare the difference between assembling a product individually versus with an assembly line.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

  • Assembled a project by hand that meets the quality control criteria.
  • Designed an assembly line process to assemble a product as quickly and efficiently as possible meeting the quality control criteria.
  • Constructed an assembly line.
  • Tested and redesigned the assembly line process.
  • Compared the difference between assembling a product individually versus with an assembly line.

Lesson Activities

Students will time themselves as they assemble a product individually that meets quality control criteria. Next, as a team they will design, construct, test and redesign an assembly line process, and finally they will compare the difference between assembling a product individually versus with an assembly line.

Resources/Materials

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheet (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.