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Skateboard Assembly – Line Balance

This activity demonstrates the process of balancing an assembly line, which is designing the same amount of work content, or time, at each workstation.  Work that is done to build skateboards is simulated through video and animation, allowing students to experience the basic steps of the manufacturing, or assembly process. Students will learn how changing the work being done at each workstation, or changing the number of people working, can impact the flow of the assembly line and the utilization of each operator.

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Curricular Subjects: 
Rounding, using formulas, percent change, slope, linear equations, modeling

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