Pre-Work and Informative Data

On Monday and Tuesday, we looked at different types of packaging of food: Pringles, Milano cookies, Oreos, and a tin of cookies. We made a list of pros and cons about each type.

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We then took 10 Pringles and simulated what would happen if we just shipped them without any packaging. They were ruined!

We took 10 more Pringles and tried the same process to see what would happen if we shipped them with air protection.

They turned out slightly better, but we noticed the bag had a hole in it! We wondered if they would have been better protected if all of the air stayed in the bag.

After discussing these, we talked about common ways to package items so that they will not be damaged in the shipping process. Some top responses were packaging peanuts, bubble wrap, tissue paper, boxes, and air. Well, being the curious scientists that we are, we tried them!

Each group received: 5 Pringles, 5 inches of tape, 1 gallon-sized zipper bag, and an unlimited supply of their packaging item.

 

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Then, we tested the packaging to see which was the most effective.

In the mail, packages can be dropped, so we dropped the package on the ground 5 times.

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Other heavy packages can be placed on top, so we placed a heavy book on top of it.

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There may be lots of bumps and shifts in the truck as packages are transported, so we hit it against the wall five times.

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Here were our results:

Packaging Peanuts (0 broken)

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Tissue Paper (all broken)

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Bubble Wrap (0 broken)

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Paper Towel Tubes (all broken)

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Plastic Baggies (0 broken)

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