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Industrial Engineering

Program ● Interactive ● Grades 3-8

During the Industrial Engineering classes, students use the Engineering Design Process to design, create, test, and refine efficient systems for production. Students explore foundational concepts of industrial engineering such as: assembly lines, safety, stamping, sorting and distributing materials. Students see just how fun and creative industrial engineering can be as they create their own ice cream factory and 3-D copies of designs.

Industrial Engineering plays a larger role in our daily lives than most would imagine. Individuals employed in this fast-growing field are accountable for maintaining high standards of efficiency in factory settings and ensuring all systems are optimized for maximum production output. Industrial engineers design machinery, parts, and systems that help to promote a steady workflow and minimize many different types of economical waste. Examples of an Industrial Engineer’s responsibilities:

  • Understand human factors and how the worker plays an integral and sometimes irreplaceable role in the manufacturing process
  • Design programs and systems to increase or optimize productivity
  • Manage factories, workers, transportation, and other factors related to the distribution of goods.
  • Develop product quality control management systems and aid in financial planning and analysis with company owners or manufacturers
  • Reduce or eliminate occupational safety hazards through careful planning of workspaces in order to minimize the risk of injury


This pre-lesson is designed to provide students with a brief overview of technology, industrial engineering, and the Engineering Design Process.

All About Simple Machines & Extension

Simple machines are everywhere in our daily lives, from doors to cars to boats and everything in between, most modern inventions rely on the technology of simple machines to operate. First devised in Ancient Greece and explored further by Renaissance scientists, simple machines utilize basic properties of physics and motion to give an operation a mechanical advantage over pure manual labor. During a number of short activities, students will learn and demonstrate how simple machines have revolutionized our lives and make work a lot easier to accomplish.

Assembly Lines

What is an assembly line? How does it work? These questions and more are all explored during this fun lesson where students race the teacher and create their own assembly line. Mass production, quality control and bottlenecks are all explored concepts in this introduction to industrial engineering.

This lesson includes Master Level Scaling. 


Casting normally involves molten metals or plastics, but in this lesson, students get a first-hand experience at one of the oldest manufacturing methods using everyday materials. In this lesson, students examine the similarities and differences between both the molding and casting methods and design their very own objects through application of both processes.

Cookie Cutter

Making cookies is not only fun, but it is also instructive. In this lesson, students investigate how cookies and other products are mass produced through the industrial process of stamping.

This lesson also has a camp version 
Camp: Agent of Change (link) 
      Lesson Name: Cookie Cutter

It's a Breeze

In feudal times, owning land meant power and wealth. The power and money came from having food to grow and land that could be worked. When farmers gathered grains like wheat or oats, they would need to turn the grains into flour to use for baking things like bread. Windmills and watermills were used to grind grains down to a fine powder, to pump water into fields, or to raise and lower heavy objects. The lords and ladies will design their own windmills and watermills to improve the productivity of their lands.

This lesson has only been used in camp 
Camp: Medieval Mayhem (link)
      Lesson Name: It's a Breeze

Logistics and Distribution

Industrial engineering extends beyond the factory to include the processes of distribution and logistics as well. In this final lesson, students will work together to plan and improve on delivery routes for products. Students explore the planning and engineering that goes into distributing products that we use every day and then students improve their route by analyzing the amount of steps taken and the capacity of their shipping truck.

This lesson also has a camp version 
Camp: The Engineering of Food (link) 
      Lesson Name: Dessert Delivery

Rubber Band Challenge

Inclined planes are used in countless businesses and are even outside of most public buildings in the form of wheel chair ramps. Rubber bands are an excellent device to illustrate the difference in force exerted and also as an indicator of a transition of energy.

Rube Goldberg Machines

Rube Goldberg is best known for his outlandish cartoon inventions. The cartoons Goldberg created were about silly inventions that were meant to make our lives easier, but somehow also made them more complicated. In this lesson, students will get to use their imagination to create a machine to accomplish a simple task.

Sorting the Recycling

Industrial engineers work to improve the efficiency of systems and processes. This includes sorting and recycling. In this lesson, students work to create a design that will allow them to sort materials of different sizes, shapes, and weights.