Ultimate Design Challenge

Ultimate Design Challenge

How can we redesign a product’s packaging to make it more environmentally friendly?
Subjects: Mathematics
Grade Level: High School
Timeframe: 15-20 hours

Final Product

Students choose a product with problematic packaging (from a sustainability perspective), and design a prototype that creatively solves the sustainability issues.

Project Description

Much American product packaging uses materials and processes that negatively impact the Earth. In their role as design engineers, students use the engineering design process and geometric modeling to redesign a product’s packaging to render it more sustainable.

Key Standards


  • HS-ETS1-2 Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.


  • M.PRACTICE.MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  • M.PRACTICE.MP4 Model with mathematics
  • M.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.1 Use geometric shapes to describe objects
  • M.CONTENT.HSG.MG.A.3 Apply geometric methods to solve design problems

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