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Operation Saggy, Baggy Diapers

  1. 1. Operation Saggy, Baggy Diapers Standard Indicator Activity April Scott November 2, 2009
  2. 2. 6 th Grade Science Indicator <ul><li>6.2.9- Compare consumer products, such as generic and brand-name products, and consider reasonable personal trade-offs among them on the basis of features, performance, durability, and cost. </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.indianastandardsresources.org/files/sci/sci_6_2_9.pdf </li></ul>
  3. 3. What’s the Problem? <ul><li>Ms. Scott’s sister is getting ready to have a baby and she wants to know which diaper brand is the best to use. She wants a diaper that will work best for her family (cost, durability, absorbency, etc.). </li></ul>
  4. 4. Important Terms <ul><li>Absorb: to take in, suck, or swallow up </li></ul><ul><li>Durable: able to last a long time </li></ul><ul><li>Biodegradable: capable of being broken down especially into harmless products by the action of living things </li></ul><ul><li>Procedure: a series of steps followed in a regular definite order </li></ul><ul><li>Generic: not protected by a trademark registration </li></ul>
  5. 5. Materials Needed <ul><li>4 different brands of diapers, labeled #1, #2, #3, and #4 in their packages with the price </li></ul><ul><li>Paper to record data </li></ul><ul><li>Pencil </li></ul><ul><li>4 plastic containers </li></ul><ul><li>250 mL measuring beaker </li></ul><ul><li>100 mL graduated cylinder </li></ul><ul><li>Paper towels </li></ul><ul><li>“ Consumer Product Testing” sheet </li></ul>
  6. 6. Brand Names of Diapers for Experiment
  7. 7. Brainstorm <ul><li>Look at the labeled diapers and brainstorm characteristics that make a good diaper. Write these down. </li></ul><ul><li>What should the diaper have to stay attached? </li></ul><ul><li>How thick should the bottom be? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you choose which brand of diaper is the best? </li></ul><ul><li>How could you test the absorbency, durability, and biodegradability of the diapers? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Procedure <ul><li>Today, you are going to test the absorbency of 4 different brands of diapers. Write out your procedure for testing the diapers. (Remember, you are scientists and need to make careful observations and measurements!) </li></ul><ul><li>How will you measure the water? </li></ul><ul><li>How much water will you use at a time? </li></ul>
  9. 9. Procedure (cont.) <ul><li>Make a prediction of which diaper be the most absorbent. Write this down as your hypothesis. </li></ul><ul><li>Begin to test your hypothesis and record your data using the “Consumer Product Testing” sheet. </li></ul><ul><li>Use the price per package and the amount of diapers in the package to determine the cost of 1 diaper in the package. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Record Results
  11. 11. Conclusion <ul><li>Review your findings. Which diaper is going to be the best for Ms. Scott’s sister to use considering cost, appearance, and absorbency? </li></ul><ul><li>Which diaper held the most water? (absorbency and durability) </li></ul><ul><li>Which diaper was the cheapest? (cost) </li></ul><ul><li>Were there trade-offs in making your decision? </li></ul><ul><li>Did your results match your hypothesis? </li></ul>
  12. 12. Further Questioning <ul><li>How could you apply this type of testing to other products? </li></ul><ul><li>How did you decide which diaper was the best choice? </li></ul><ul><li>How would additional features of the diaper affect the consumers desire to purchase the product? </li></ul><ul><li>Why was it necessary to measure the water amounts carefully when carrying out the procedure? </li></ul>
  13. 13. References <ul><li>Activity- http://www.indianastandardsresources.org/files/sci/sci_6_2_9.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures- Taken from www.google.com </li></ul><ul><li>Definitions- kids.yahoo.com/reference/dictionary/english </li></ul><ul><li>Information- </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.hamptonsdiapers.com/disposable-diaper-statistics.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.diaperpin.com/clothdiapers/article_controlleaks.asp </li></ul>

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