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Snack Bag Assembly

Cookie decoratingIn this delicious exercise, middle school students in teams of 3 to 5 learn about the field of industrial engineering by creating an assembly line to pack as many snack bags in 2 minutes as possible. They then see if they can improve their process.

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Just a Minute!

Running clockIn this quick, fun activity, pairs of students in grades 2 – 8 will learn about industrial engineering and measurement by estimating how many times a partner can complete a task in one minute, then checking the estimate against actual performance. Students then can discuss ways to improve their performance and try again.

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A Woman Who Made Work Easier

Lillian Gilbreth stampShe pioneered the field of time-motion studies and was the first woman elected to the National Academy of Engineering. Yet industrial engineer Lillian Moller Gilbreth remains best known as the domestic engineer who presided over her family in the beloved children’s classic written by two of her 12 children: Cheaper By The Dozen.

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