Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on the use of weight scales and measurement by manufacturing engineers. Teams of students are posed with the challenge of developing a system to fill jars with a specific weight or count of products such as marbles or paperclips.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

11 – 18


  • Learn about manufacturing engineering.
  • Learn about manufacturing systems.
  • Learn about weight packaging and consistency.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • manufacturing engineering
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how manufacturing engineers develop systems for creating consistent products. They work in a team to create a system that delivers a consistent weight or count of marbles or paperclips to a series of jars. Teams plan their system, execute the system, evaluate their own results and that of other students, and present to the class.


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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

Downloadable Student Certificate of Completion