Lesson Focus

Demonstrate how product design differences can affect the success of a final product — in this case a bag for holding candy. Students work in pairs to evaluate, design, and build a better candy bag.


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Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets


Age Levels:

8 – 18

Objectives

  • Learn how design impacts product performance.
  • Design a better candy bag using science, mathematics, and engineering concepts and applications.
  • Build a better candy bag using science, mathematics and engineering design concepts and applications.
  • Use the engineering design process to solve the problem.
  • Employ the use of data collection and analysis to help solve the problem.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

  • engineering design process
  • teamwork in the design process
  • making and testing predictions
  • product design challenges

Lesson Activities

Student teams will design a candy bag, and predict the volume and strength of their design. Students then build a model of their design, redesign it, build an improved bag, retest using weight, discuss findings, and share results.

Resources/Materials

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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.