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Cookie Mining


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    Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago

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Cookie Mining

In this activity, learners explore the economics of coal mining as you they use fake money to purchase mining tools, attempt to carefully mine their cookies, sell their chocolate chip ore, and try to reclaim mined land. This activity explores mathematical concepts and comes with a worksheet to calculate expenses and plot their expense balance as well as step-by-step instructions to complete the activity. This activity uses inexpensive materials and can be done at home.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Two or three types of chocolate chip cookies
  • Toothpicks
  • Dowels
  • Paper clips
  • Graph paper
  • Play money (optional)
  • Cookie mining worksheet (PDF)
  • Two or three types of chocolate chip cookies
  • Toothpicks
  • Dowels
  • Paper clips
  • Graph paper
  • Play money (optional)
  • Cookie mining worksheet (PDF)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

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  • All Rights Reserved, Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago, ©2020

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