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# The Candy Conundrum

## Candy Box Design

STEP ONE: Identify the problem

State the problem.

STEP TWO: Brainstorm Ideas

The following is a list of criteria from the manufacturer. You will need to consider
these elements when creating the design.

Box construction

Volume = 12 in. 3 (192 cm 3)

Stable base

Design

A name for the candy that would appeal to 8-12 year olds
Consumer information
Graphics
Appealing colors

STEP THREE: Create a box design

Use the space below to sketch the dimensions of your box and your box design. Be
sure to show all calculations for the dimensions. You may need to use additional

After you have completed your design, evaluate your design by getting feedback from
each group member. After considering the feedback, make any final adjustments to
your design. Create a mock-up of your candy box. Record feedback and ideas for
product improvements in the space below.

STEP FIVE: Communicate

Write a brief description that explains your concept. Submit this description, the worksheet,
sketches, calculations, rough copies of your box designs, and the final box.

10.2. Purdue GK-12 Developed Handouts

10.2.1. Student Handout #1 – Candy Observations & Learning to Calculate Volume

Candy Project Name:_______________________ Hour:______

Mrs. Menon and Mr. Kukula started a new candy company in January. Over the weekend, we made
our first batch of candy. Now, we need your help as our official first taste testers! IF YOU HAVE ANY
FOOD ALLERGIES PLEASE SEE MRS. MENON!

Quick write- INITIAL Visual observations:
What are your first impressions? You may pick up the candy, touch it, and look at it. Think about
the texture, its appearance, and words you would expect to find on a package containing it.
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Open it up!
Take a small bite of the candy. What are your impressions now? Think about the texture, its
appearance, the taste, the coloring, etc. What descriptors would you use to describe the candy to
someone else?
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Ingredients:
From your observations, compose a list of ingredients for the candy:

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How many of these candies do you think would constitute 1 serving of candy? Be realistic – the
serving size is more than 1 and less than 50 pieces.
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Candy Project

Volume of a Sphere:
volume: the amount of space, measured in cubic units, that an object or substance occupies.

The candy in question today is spherical (it may not be perfect – but the general shape is a sphere.)
In order to determine exactly how much space the candy takes up, the volume of the candy needs to
be determined.

To determine the volume of a sphere, we use the formula , where r is the radius of the
sphere and pi is abbreviated to 3.14. The label for volume is always units3.

 In this figure r is the radius. Try finding the volume of the following sample spheres before we try it with the actual candy. 1. where r = 2 meters 2. where r = 1.2 feet 3. where r = 3963 miles (the radius of the Earth) 4. where r = 0.44 cm

10.2.2. Student Handout #2 – Volume of the Candy for Box Design

Determine the volume of the entire piece of candy
Determine the volume of the malt
Determine the volume of the chocolate
Determine the volume of one serving of the candy (18 pieces)
Determine the volume of 9 servings of the candy (enough to fill a decent sized candy box)

You and your partners will need to CAREFULLY halve a piece of the candy. Make sure that there is an

 Volume of the entire piece of candy_______________ Volume of the inner core_____________________ Volume of the surface layer___________________ Find the volume of one serving (18 pieces) of the candy using the answer you found in Q1 ANSWER:___________ Find the volume of 9 servings of the candy (enough to fill a decent sized candy box) using your answer in Q4. ANSWER:________________ If the candy were cubic instead of spherical, each piece would take up 1 cubic centimeter. This is larger than the volume of the candy. In order to carry out our project more effectively, take the answer of 9 servings and multiply it by 1.6 to find the volume of the box needed to hold all 9 servings. ANSWER:_________________

YOU ARE ALL CANDY ENGINEERS! YOUR JOB IS TO CREATE A NEW CANDY
BOX THAT FITS 9 SERVING SIZES OF CANDY IN IT. YOU WILL FIRST NEED TO ...

design and construct an innovative new box for the candy (one that is appealing to a buyer)
perform the appropriate mathematical calculations to arrive at an appropriate box for the candy

What you will be given:

4 pieces of candy (less than the 18 pieces that it takes to make one serving)

What you must do:

Design and construct a new and innovative box for 9 servings of the candy
o An initial sketch with measurements of the box must be created (it will be turned in with the final
constructed box)
A FINAL COPY OF THE INITIAL SKETCH (PLAN) MUST BE TURNED IN ON THE CANDY PROJECT
INITIAL SKETCH SHEET. ONE SKETCH SHEET MUST BE TURNED IN FOR EACH GROUP.

All measurements must be clearly labeled and a ‘total volume’ of the box must be listed
o The box must fit 9 servings of the candy without bulging or wasting space
o The box must be made from paperboard (poster board) and should incorporate creativity in shape and
design
Develop a name for the candy and display it prominently on the box
o The name must be appropriate and presentable and colors/logos must be easy to read and neatly
displayed
All group members’ names should be both on the initial sketch and on the final box

Where you should start:

Determine the amount of candy in 9 servings: ___________________________
Determine the amount of space the candy takes:_________________________
Determine the size container that the candy will require (remember that V=LxWxH):_________________
Begin sketches with measurements on a separate sheet of paper. Make certain that your measurements will
allow for the correct volume of candy.
Draw a final sketch and then acquire materials to build your box.
While constructing, begin discussion of a name for the candy.
When construction is completed, decorate the box with the name of the candy, pictures, etc.
Make certain that ALL group members’ names are on the box and the initial sketch.

How will you be assessed…

Quick write/first observations page will be graded for completion and appropriateness to topic.
Volume of sphere page will be graded on accuracy, showing appropriate work, and correct answers.
Volume of candy page will be graded on accuracy, showing appropriate work, and correct answers.
Initial sketch quality, accuracy, and appropriateness in relation to project.
Candy Box will be assessed based on comparison to sketch, and the question: Do 9 servings fit in the box
without bulge or empty space? As well, candy name and overall presentation of the box will be taken into
consideration as quality points.

We will not be answering ANY questions! We are the cooks and YOU
are the ENGINEERS!