Cupcake Wars

In this activity, the students will explore and understand the assembly line process by engineering a cupcake decorating assembly and packaging line.  By setting up an organized, well-thought out assembly line, students will learn how time, cost, and quality can be affected.  Certain aspects of the assembly line will be explored, such as increasing production of the process and how that affects the quality of the product.  Students explore the field of manufacturing/industrial engineering as they design and redesign a more efficient system to mass produce a decorated and packaged product.  The students will explore different areas of social studies, economics and scientific processes.

Economics Grade 3: Benchmark A: Explain the opportunity costs involved in the allocation of scarce productive resources.
Grade 3: Benchmark B: Explain why entrepreneurship, capital goods, technology, specialization and division of labor are important in the production of goods and services.
Science and Technology Grade 3: Benchmark A: Describe how technology affects human life.
Grade 3: Benchmark B: Describe and illustrate the design process.
Scientific Inquiry Grade 3: Benchmark A: Use appropriate instruments safely to observe, measure and collect data when conducting a scientific investigation.
Grade 3: Benchmark B: Organize and evaluate observations, measurements and other data to formulate inferences and conclusions.
Grade 3: Benchmark C: Develop, design and safely conduct scientific investigations and communicate the results.
Scientific Ways of Knowing Grade 3: Benchmark C: Explain the importance of keeping records of observations and investigations that are accurate and understandable.
Grade 3: Benchmark D: Explain that men and women of diverse countries and cultures participate in careers in all fields of science.
Patterns, Functions, and Algebra Grade 3: Benchmark F: Construct and use a table of values to solve problems associated with mathematical relationships.
Data Analysis and Probability Grade 3: Benchmark A: Gather and organize data from surveys and classroom experiments, including data collected over a period of time.
Grade 3: Benchmark C: Construct charts, tables and graphs to represent data, including picture graphs, bar graphs, line graphs, line plots and Venn diagrams.
Grade 3: Benchmark D: Read, interpret and construct graphs in which icons represent more than a single unit or intervals greater than one; e.g., each bicycle = 10 bicycles or the intervals on an axis are multiples of 10.
Grade 3: Benchmark F: Conduct a simple probability experiment and draw conclusions about the likelihood of possible outcomes.
Measurement Grade 3: Benchmark E: Tell time to the nearest minute.
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