Moving from a Private Warehouse to a Public Distribution Center
This scenario-based activity, created by the STEM Transitions project team, is free and requires a one-time registration to access all site materials. The activity provides practical application of a lease vs. buy decision that also has a transportation cost and service component. This multi-variable activity will give students an opportunity to see the cost/benefit implications of several distribution scenarios. Students will work in groups to assess and analyze the scenario and prepare a formal report and presentation regarding their research and calculations.
Students will be able to: (1) Solve mathematical problems presented in the context of real-world situations; (2) Draw conclusions from collected data to determine if a move from a private warehouse to public warehouse is cost effective; (3) Demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively to explore mathematical concepts; (4) Conduct research, gather data and represent it accurately; (5) Analyze and draw conclusions from collected data; and (6) Prepare specialized documents and presentations from collected research. The activity is aligned with Transportation, Distribution and Logistics career cluster standards.