Lesson Focus

Lesson focuses on the engineering behind industrial sorting processes. Working as an engineering group, students then work in teams to design and build a system to sort different sized coins for packaging.


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

Age Levels:

8 – 18


  • Learn about engineering system.
  • Learn about coin manufacturing processes.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • Manufacturing engineering and planning
  • problem solving
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how coins are manufactured and explore the sorting processes engineers have developed to speed sorting and packaging processes. Student teams develop a sorting process for coins, make predictions, execute their plan, troubleshoot, and evaluate their results and those of other teams.


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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.