Defining Problems Activity #2: Pringles Potato Chip Mailing Challenge

  1. Show the students a single Pringles potato chip. Tell them that they have been requested to ship a single chip through the mail. Engage the students in a question/answer discussion that lead them to DEFINE THE PROBLEM and then determine the CONSTRAINTS of the challenge. Do NOT tell them the constraints ahead of time, lead them to the constraints through the discussion. Use the Pringles Potato Chip Mailing Challenge document (from Google Docs) as a facilitator guide.
  2. After students have finished, lead a discussion of what was written.

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