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Slush Rush

Slush Rush

Introduction

In this interactive activity, you want to make more money selling slushes than you spend making them. To do this, you’ll want to sell slushes to the most number of “alien” customers possible.


To begin:

  1. Roll over the windows to learn about each group of customers. Record each group’s name, likes, and dislikes on the chart below.
  2. Click “Juice” to add enough liquid for your slushes. Click the other green buttons to adjust the flavor or temperature of your mix.
  3. Click “Go” when your slush mix is ready to serve.
  4. Record the number of cups sold to each group and your total profit.
Round One
Species Name Number of Customers Likes              Dislikes           Number of Cups Sold

 

       

TOTAL PROFIT:

 

Round Two
Species Name Number of Customers Likes              Dislikes           Number of Cups Sold
 

 

     

 

       

TOTAL PROFIT:



Round Three
Species Name Number of Customers Likes              Dislikes           Number of Cups Sold

 

       

 

       

TOTAL PROFIT:




Round Four
Species Name Number of Customers Likes              Dislikes           Number of Cups Sold

 

       

 

       
 

 

     

TOTAL PROFIT:



Round Five
Species Name Number of Customers Likes              Dislikes           Number of Cups Sold

 

       
 

 

     
 

 

     

 

       

TOTAL PROFIT:




Think About It

Think about what you learned doing the interactive and answer these questions. Then discuss your answers with the class:


How did the model change from round to round? How did your recipe change in each round?

 


Did changes in the model make it more useful?

 


Were there times when it was difficult to make every customer happy? How did you decide what to do?

 


If you could open a “Slush Rush” stand, would this computer model tell you exactly how many customers would purchase your slushes? Is it still helpful? Why or why not?

 


Are there ways that this activity is like real life? In what ways could businesses use models like these?

 



Earthquake Animation

What does this computer model show?

 


What information was used to make this computer model?

 


Based on the computer model, now long did it take the first seismic waves to reach San Juan?

 


Why would scientists make a computer model of a 1994 earthquake? How could it help people now?

 


Catching a Tsunami in the Act

ased on the computer model, how long would it take the tsunami off the coast of South America to reach Hawaii?

 


How can computer models like this one help people living along coastlines?

 


Read the last paragraph. What other kind of computer model do scientists use to study the effects of tsunamis? How is this computer model used?

 

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