A 'production line' simulation designed to develop students' efficiency and raise awareness of quality control.
Purpose and process
To develop students' precision and reliability when following instructions. Each group is given pencils (2), rulers (2), a compass, scissors (2), glue (1) and 2 sheets of differently coloured paper. They are also provided with a set of instructions for making cars using the resources they have been given. The process is based on strict guidelines and requires them to use 1 piece of paper for the body and the other for the wheels. They have 15 minutes per round for making as many cars as possible and can ask the teacher for more paper in order to do so (the teacher secretely makes a note of the paper used per group). At the end of each round, the teacher discards any cars not meeting the strict guidelines and then tallies up the number of 'quality' cars each group has produced. The winning group is the one producing the greatest number of acceptable cars. The process can be repeated as required.
Students can develop enterprising skills, attitudes and behaviours, including:
- Creative thinking and problem solving
- Presentation skills
- Teamwork, cooperation and interdependence
- Negotiation and decision making
- Setting goals and time management
- Understanding of quality control
Curricular or thematic relevance
Standalone enterprise activity which could be used as preparation for a longer enterprise activity; it could be linked to subjects in the following ways:
- Business - production/costs
- Community/geography - waste management
- Mathematics - averages/totals/profit
- Technology - materials/costs/waste.
How to organise:
Can take place as a project integrated within timetabled lessons; could also be an activity run as an extra-curricular enterprise or even as an activity within a staff development session designed as an introduction to enterprise education.
Assessment and evaluation approaches
Fully integrated within the activity itself via ongoing teacher-led, self- and peer-assessment and formal presentation/evaluation of results at the end of each round.
Files for download:production_activity.ppt / 36kB
helper do TM detail body (June 6th, 1st half)
An excellent initiative especially because students can reflect back to the activity by evaluating their performance and understanding what more they could do to improve the quality of the cars, how efficiently they produce the car, how much waste do they make as they produce the car. Excellent as it really provides opportunity for reflection if you have an EVALUATION moment at the end, perhaps with an evaluation template or sheet for students to complete.