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Paper Clip Factory Analogy:  a simple model, a simple system


Students will work in small groups that represent the components of a simple paper clip manufacturing business including the factory, store, and customers.  Through a simulation activity in which students act out the paper clip manufacturing system, students will take part in one part of a simple system.  As a result of the simulation, students will identify and analyze the basic parts of a simple system or model including inputs, outputs, and stocks. 

Essential Question
How does the paper clip factory simulation represent a simple system or model?

Student Outcomes

Science Concepts

60-90 minutes

Middle & High School