Are You Buying What I'm Vending

Are You Buying What I'm Vending

How can we maximize profit in our vending machines while meeting the needs of our entire school community?
Subjects: Social Studies
Grade Level: High School
Timeframe: 15-20 hours

Project Description

Students work together to develop a plan for stocking school vending machines. The plans include a selection of products that will maximize profits while meeting the snacking needs of all students on campus. The profits from the school vending machines will be used to to subsidize student activities, such as field trips, dances, and student events. Students identify products that qualify under federal law, survey the student body for possible demand, analyze price points, and propose a selection they believe will make the most profit while reaching the widest range of students.

Final Product

Student teams give a presentation to the school board or key decision-makers. It outlines a proposal and rationale for the selection of new products for the vending machine to increase profit and appeal to all students.

Key Standards

College, Career & Civic Life (C3) Framework

  • D2.Eco.1.9-12 How incentives influence choices
  • D2.Eco.2.9-12 Marginal benefits and marginal costs
  • D2.Eco.3.9-12 Effect of incentives


  • ELA-LITERACY.RST.11-12.9 Synthesize Information
  • ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.4 Present information logically and appropriately for the audience
  • ELA-LITERACY.SL.11-12.1.D Respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives

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