AMP-IT-UP 6th Grade Automated Packaging Challenge


Module Summary: AMP-IT-UP - Sweet Machines

Students, posing as candy manufacturers, examine automated manufacturing processes to determine which procedure produces the most consistent packages of a multi-colored candy. They use measures of center, spread, interquartile range and box plots to determine which new manufacturing equipment they should purchase.

For Teachers:

Annotated Teacher Edition - The teacher edition of the Automated Packaging Challenge curriculum that has been annotated with notes and tips for teachers.
Prep Guide - Instructions on how to implement the module. Includes information about the standards that the module addresses and how to incorporate the 5E learning model.
Materials List - List of all materials that are needed for the module. List includes the cost and vendors of the materials.
Supply Check List - Spreadsheet used to check that all materials needed for the module are present.
Labels for Bag 1 - Microsoft Word document of labels for bag 1.
Labels for Bag 2 - Microsoft Word document of labels for bag 2.
Labels for Bag 3 - Microsoft Word document of labels for bag 3.
Labels for Bag 4 - Microsoft Word document of labels for bag 4.

For Students:

Student Edition - The module curriculum booklet for students.
Student Pages Packet - The worksheets that students will need to complete the module.


  1. Video - How Candy Canes are Made- A video showing the process of how candy canes are made.
  2. Video - M&M Manufacturing Plant - A video showing the process of how M&M's are made.
  3. Video - Shark Tank - Shark Tank clip of an entrepreneur who needs investors to support his plan of using an assembly and packaging plant to manufacturer his product.

Complete Set of Module Files:

Download a complete package of the module here


Advanced Manufacturing and Prototyping Integrated To Unlock Potential (AMP-IT-UP)
is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation (Award Number: 1238089)