One of your Duct Tape and Fencing Wire team members came to school Monday morning with a sad face (???) and the sad story that some one had dropped a puppy with no tags off on the gravel road on the back side of her family’s farm. Fortunately, her dad found it before a wild animal had hurt it and her family took it to your local animal shelter. She had seen that there were no shelter for the dogs in the outside runs and suggested that your team help them out. She had pulled the measurements for dog house from the LOWE’S website (www.lowes.com – follow tabs: projects to how-to projects to perfect for beginners to outdoor living to animal & pet care to how to build a dog house) and is ready to organize the construction. Set the date to build that dog house and deliver to your local animal shelter. Hopefully, someone will adopt that new puppy soon.
1. Submit one picture of your team during construction and one picture of your team delivering the dog house to the local shelter or a newspaper article with picture of your team delivering the dog house to the shelter.
2. List all the occupations that you can think of related to the pet industry & this project.
Your team just wrapped up construction of the dog house to complete Challenge #1 and you are headed over to the local animal shelter to deliver the dog house but everyone is starving. You decide to swing thru the drive-up at the local Micky D’s and everyone decided on a Big Mac®. One of the girls starts laughing and asks “I wonder how many people it takes to build a Big Mac®????”
“Oh, probably 3,” responds one of the girls.
“Oh, NO,” the first replies, “Think of how many people it takes to create or produce each layer. The bun starts with the wheat producer or maybe the input suppliers, the sauce starts with the food scientist that developed the formula, and then all the other ingredients. It must be thousands, just for one Big Mac®!!!”
Challenge #2 Cont.
Your team needs to list as many careers that you can think of related to all the layers of the Big Mac® and then interview a woman that holds one of those positions about how she came to be part of the Big Mac® process and if she feels she plays an important role in the process. Submit your list and the story your “related career” woman shared with you (typed or video taped).
“We’ve a story to tell to the nation….” What is your story???? Go to http://www.cs2n.org/ which is the Carnegie Mellon Robotics virtual robotics programming site. Follow the instructions to sign up for and download the “Storytelling Alice” program and use that software to program your story. The download may take 2 – 3 hours so let it churn while you are doing other things but then you’re set to share your story….you will be the best software programmer at your school. Post your story and tell us how to view it.
This challenge allows you to choose which project and which site you want to visit. You have the choice of going to www.Disney.com/friendsforchange or www.conradawards.org. If you choose Friends for Change, your team can propose an agriculturally related project for change in your community and apply for a grant to help make that project a reality….you do not have to win a grant to be successful for this challenge. If you choose Conrad Foundation Spirit of Innovation Challenge, develop a commercially-viable, technology-based product that addresses a real-world agricultural issue…..you don’t have to be the winner here either, just prepare your entry. Simply submit the information that you gave or plan to give to Disney or the Conrad Foundation so we know you tried. Who knows, your team might win or you might find a way to complete that community project without winning the prize money.