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Softball Task
Goal: The goal is to determine the most efficient package to use for shipping a single softball.
Role: You are an industrial engineer to ABC Softball Company.
Audience: The target audience is the shipping manager of ABC Softball Company.
Situation: Your company ships out souvenir softballs one at a time. The shipping manager has told you to determine whether a tube or a box would be the most efficient way to send the individual softballs. Packaging material is expensive and it usually ends up in a landfill or a recycling plant. Therefore, reducing the amount of material required is good economics and good for the environment.
Product: You will need to construct two types of packaging for a softball. One package will have the shape of a prism. The other will have the shape of a cylinder or tube. In addition, you will prepare a written report that addresses the following:
Standards: Your presentation materials should include the tube, the box, the report, and the softball you used in designing your containers. Keep in mind that you need to construct the minimum size of each package that hold the softball with little wasted space. Your work is to be typewritten and a copy of the attached rubric is to be included.
Scoring Rubric:
Category |
4 – 5 points |
2 – 3 points |
0 – 1 points |
Product: Written Report: Mathematical Concepts |
Explanation shows complete understanding of the mathematical concepts used to solve the problem(s). |
Explanation shows some understanding of the mathematical concepts needed to solve the problem(s). |
Explanation shows very limited understanding of the underlying concepts needed to solve the problem OR is not written. |
Product: Written Report: Mathematical Explanation |
Explanation is detailed and clear. |
Explanation is a little difficult to understand, but includes critical components. |
Explanation is difficult to understand and is missing several components OR is not included. |
Product: Containers |
Both containers efficiently designed to hold the softball with little wasted space. Both are constructed in a durable, neat manner. |
Both containers are efficiently designed; however, one or both of them are not durable or not neatly put together. |
Neither container is efficiently designed OR containers are not included. |
Mathematical Computations |
90-100% of the steps and solutions have no mathematical errors. |
Most (75-89%) of the steps and solutions have no mathematical errors. |
More than 75% of the steps and solutions have mathematical errors. |
Neatness, Grammar, Spelling, Etc. |
The work is presented in a neat, clear, organized fashion that is easy to read. Writer makes no errors in grammar or spelling. |
The work is presented in an organized fashion but may be hard to read at times. Writer makes up to 4 errors in grammar and/or spelling. |
The work appears sloppy and unorganized. It is hard to know what information goes together. Writer makes more than 4 errors in grammar and/or spelling. |