Pineapple Packaging Design Challenge

By Amber Genau

University of Alabama at Birmingham

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This activity asks students to work in teams to consider the pros and cons of different materials as a container for cut pineapple (metal can plastic jar, glass jar).  It reinforces the differences between different categories of material, weighing conflicting factors to reach a design decision, and oral communication to justify a design decision.  It has been successfully used in a large introductory engineering course at the undergrad level and with high school students during a summer outreach program. 


Dr. Amber Genau is a faculty member in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  She has been organizing the UAB Materials Camp for high school students since 2011.

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Support for Materials Camp at UAB comes from NSF CAREER #1554856 and the ASM Materials Education Foundation.

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  • Amber Genau (2020), "Pineapple Packaging Design Challenge,"

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