Education Technology

Modeling: Optimal Locations for a Food Truck

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will investigate where to locate a food truck in Washington DC to maximize the number of potential customers.


Students will be able to:

  • Recognize the value of using data to make informed decisions
  • Identify strategies for standardizing values of variables representing different units and different magnitudes
  • Understand that different graphical representations can reveal different information about the context
  • Identify strategies for using multiple variables in analyzing situations

About the Lesson

This activity is designed to involve students in considering a variety of data that can be used to make a decision. Analyzing the data can involve graphs, fractions, proportional reasoning, linear equations, and basic notions of probability. The fourth example of student work illustrates an application of z-scores for students who are familiar with statistics.