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Middle schoolers use cereal boxes, paint, buttons and glue to design and make a frame for a photograph. They consider the different processes involved in making the frame and discuss how their observations apply to manufacturing systems that are used to produce factory-made goods.
Want to learn how to become a chairman of a manufacturing company? Chris Hoolhorst emphasizes the importance of education to become a chairman.
Fourth graders study Ohio's natural resources and commercial manufacturing. In this commercial manufacturing instructional activity, 4th graders examine the natural resources of Ohio, and determine how they let the state participate in domestic and international trade. They make paper, research mass production of paper, and complete all pre and post-assessments.
Sixth graders create a simple product on an assembly line. In this manufacturing instructional activity, 6th graders define mass production and how it changed life. Students take part in an activity to understand the roles involved in successfully manufacturing a product. Students reflect on what they've learned.
Ninth graders will explore manufacturing careers. In this career lesson, 9th graders will explore career options through an interactive video-conference with an engineering professor or professional.
Sixth graders comprehend the difference between mass production and custom manufacturing. They have a basic understanding on how items go from a raw material to a manufactured finished product. Students have an understanding of the business side of manufacturing.
It's a neat idea, but the task of designing a system for filling jars with consistent specific amounts of a product may be a little out of reach, especially for younger pupils. Intended as an engineering design lesson plan, this may be better used in a measurement unit. A well-written handout about scales and manufacturing engineering is provided; this piece alone has value for an engineering or STEM lesson plan.
Students explore the manufacture of silicon wafers.  In this Algebra I/Algebra II/Geometry lesson, students simulate the process of building square semiconductor die on a circular silicon wafer.  Students investigate the relationship between the radius of the circle and the number of usable square die.
Great Britain was where the industrial revolution began. The class reads an excerpt from a document written in 1835 describing cotton manufacture in Great Britain. They then answer two critical analysis questions. 
Learners explore how cheese is manufactured. In this product manufacturing lesson, students identify the steps in cheese making and what the hazard analysis critical control points are for manufacturing cheese.
Tenth graders examine how ground beef is processed. In this process and manufacturing lesson, 10th graders recognize control points during beef processing. They will identify the proper temperature during ground beef processing and safe handling procedures.
What happens to seasonal manufacturing in the off-season? Scholars examine this peak production phenomenon and interview local businesspeople to learn more about the effects. Watch the five-minute video to introduce the lesson; it is a case study on a Peeps factory and exemplifies the concepts in a clear and concise way. There are discussion questions, background information, a printable interview guide, and innovative extension ideas included. 
Upper graders explore the new industrial revolution and how the tech boom in recent years is similar and different to the Industrial Revolution of the past. They watch a video, explore web sites, and discuss what they see. They work together to manufacture their own product using technological tools.
Young scholars compare paper making by hand and by assembly line. In this manufacturing lesson, students compare and contrast the two main ways to make paper, by hand or by machine.  Young scholars research paper making and have a class discussion about which method is more effective and why.
Explore the world of product manufacturing with your class. They describe the types of manufacturing and how each one is important to the economy. A pretest, post-test, and worksheet are included.
What does it take to land a manufacturing job? Upper graders explore the objects around them, where they were manufactured, and what they need to obtain a manufacturing career. 
Students examine international trade and the U.S. economy. They complete a survey of ten items made abroad from their own closet, complete a handout, and develop a composite map of countries that manufactured clothing of students in the class.
Students observe the difference between raw materials and manufactured goods by a demonstration by the teacher. For this raw materials lesson, students see items such as sugar and observe products that were made to be sugar substitutes.
Students explore materials used in manufacturing. In this science lesson, students investigate the suitability of building materials. Students read The Three Little Pigs and discuss the building materials used in the story.
Students visit a semiconductor manufacturing facility in order to apply their statistical data knowledge to a real life situation.In this statistics lesson, students research the quality control and production process of DMD chips. Each team will submit a final report that includes the background information about the semiconductor industry via a PowerPoint or posters and an oral presentation.

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