Education Technology

Boxing It Up

Activity Overview

Students will experiment with creating a box from a standard size piece of paper. They will then use the concept of related rates on the graphing calculator to find the maximum volume of a box made from the piece of paper.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Be able use the derivative tests to find the maximum value of a function that models the volume of a box.
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary