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Order Up! Southwestern Middle School’s Elective Team is now serving a collaborative dish that is a feast for the mind as well as the belly! This multi-course project is designed to create engaging and hands on experiences for students to connect them to STEAM content through food truck business plans and design. The key ingredients of STEAM will be added into each of the elective courses at Southwestern Middle School in an interdisciplinary project that involves students across all grade levels. Students will sample and apply elements of architecture, science, visual arts, technology, mathematics, and professional writing as they develop different elements of the business plans for various food trucks. The project will culminate in a delicious experience with student finalists competing in a Food Truck Design Showdown where finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges and meet an actual food truck entrepreneur, an experience that they are sure to eat up.

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Dish It Out!: Introducing students to STEAM through an interdisciplinary Food Truck Design Challenge

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School:
Southwestern Middle School 
Subject:
Stem 
Teacher:
Cari Zillmann 
 
Michael Clark, Rosa Salgado, Rose Tipitino 
Students Impacted:
150 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
August 30, 2019

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SunTrust - $565.00

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Goal

Order Up! Southwestern Middle School’s Elective Team is now serving a collaborative dish that is a feast for the mind as well as the belly! This multi-course project is designed to create engaging and hands on experiences for students to connect them to STEAM content through food truck business plans and design. The key ingredients of STEAM will be added into each of the elective courses at Southwestern Middle School in an interdisciplinary project that involves students across all grade levels. Students will sample and apply elements of architecture, science, visual arts, technology, mathematics, and professional writing as they develop different elements of the business plans for various food trucks. The project will culminate in a delicious experience with student finalists competing in a Food Truck Design Showdown where finalists will present their business plans to a panel of judges and meet an actual food truck entrepreneur, an experience that they are sure to eat up. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will begin by developing business plans for various food trucks (cupcakes, fries, cookies, grilled cheese, ice cream, tacos, smoothies, etc.) in the Business Technology course. Student groups will use various business applications to design business proposals that will include a business rational, food theme, business name, proposed budget, market analysis and marketing strategy, financial projections, etc.

After completing their food truck business proposals, the groups will then work with students in other electives to further develop their business plans. The process will begin with the STEM elective classes. Each proposed business will become “clients” for student in the STEM courses. The STEM students will use the business plans to design interior and exterior designs for each proposed food truck. Students will complete digital and/or 3D models of their proposed designs, decide on production materials, and propose a budget for construction. They will then communicate their designs with their clients and refine their designs based on the feedback they receive.

After the STEM students have completed their designs, the business plans will be passed to the culinary classes to develop a complete food truck menu. Students will develop a production budget, complete recipes, estimated profits, etc. for their proposed menu. Culinary students will then present their proposed budgets, sample menus, and a sample of their “signature dish” to their clients for approval and adjustment.

When the menu and signature dish have been approved, the business plans will be passed to the art classes for the final design stage. The art students will use the business plan, truck designs, and menu to create a customized logo and visual design for the exterior of each truck and advertising materials. Students will apply elements of visual design and marketing to create their proposed designs. They will then submit their proposals for feedback from their clients and adjust their designs accordingly.

After all components of the project have been completed, the original groups will compile all components into a complete business portfolio that includes the business plan, food truck design, complete menu, budget, and advertising materials. The groups will then present their ideas to a panel of teacher and administrator judges to determine the contest finalists. Finalist will have an opportunity to share their business plans with a judging panel in a formal presentation and will also be invited to participate in a celebration that will include the opportunity to talk with an actual food truck entrepreneur and sample food from their truck. After the presentations, a winning group will be selected and crowed the winner of The Great Southwestern “Food Truck Design Showdown.”

Targeted DIT Standards:
01.0 Demonstrate knowledge, skill, and application of information systems to accomplish job objectives and enhance workplace performance.
04.0 Use technology to enhance the effectiveness of communication skills utilizing word processing applications.
05.0 Use technology to enhance communication skills utilizing presentation applications.
07.0 Use technology to enhance communication skills utilizing electronic mail.
08.0 Investigate individual assessment and job/career exploration and individual career planning that reflect the transition from school to work, lifelong learning, and personal and professional goals.  

 

Benefits to my students

Integrating the components of STEAM in an interdisciplinary unit across multiple elective courses will allow students a hands-on opportunity to experience how the elements of science, mathematics, art, and technology interact in real-world situations. Students will be able to engage in authentic experiences that allow them to collaborate, plan, build, design and execute business models, scenarios commonly found in many corporations. Students will also have to utilize a variety of desirable soft-skills including persuasive speaking, writing, and negotiation. Over the course of the project, students will also increase their background knowledge, academic vocabularies and literacy skills.  

 

Budget Narrative

The funds for this grant will be used to purchase the materials needed for students to complete the various steps of the business plan process. Students must have materials available to them in order to create and complete their design steps. Because this project will impact a large number of students in four different classes over the course of the year, the supplies will be necessary in allowing the project to be completed in its entirety.  

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Idiot's Guide: Starting a Food Truck Business $16.00
2 The Food Truck Startup: Start Your Own Food Truck $8.00
3 The Food Truck Handbook: Start, Grow, and Succeed in the Mobile Food Business $16.00
4 Starting Your Own Business: Become an Entrepreneur! $10.00
5 Business Plan Template And Example: How To Write A Business Plan: Business Planning Made Simple $15.00
6 Creative Workshop: 80 Challenges to Sharpen Your Design Skills $10.00
7 Designing Logos: The Process of Creating Symbols That Endure $14.00
8 The Elements of Graphic Design $17.00
9 3D Printing and Maker Lab for Kids: Amazing STEAM Ideas $16.00
10 3 Boise Multi-Use Copy Paper, Letter Paper Size, White, Ream Of 500 Sheets x4 $34.00
11 Heavyweight Index Card Stock, 8 1/2" x 11", 90 Lb, White, Pack Of 250 Sheets x5 $28.00
12 Avery® Laser Microperforated Business Cards, 2" x 3 1/2", White, Pack Of 250 $6.00
13 Office Depot® Brand Sturdy Board® Foam Boards, 30" x 40", White, Pack Of 10 x3 $55.00
14 Office Depot® Brand Twin-Pocket Portfolios with Fasteners, Assorted Colors, Pack Of 10 x3 $13.00
15 Crayola® Color Pencils, Assorted Colors, Set Of 12 Color Pencils x8 $9.00
16 Crayola® Fine Line Markers, Assorted Classic Classpack®, Pack Of 10 x8 $21.00
17 Elmer's® Glue Stick Classroom Pack, Purple, Box Of 30 x2 $17.00
18 Copy Center Color Printing $0.07 x300 pages $21.00
19 Various ingredients for sample signature dishes (ingredients to be determined) $100.00
20 Office Depot® Brand Top-Loading Sheet Protectors, Standard Weight, Non-Glare, Box Of 100 x2 $10.00
21 Office Depot® Brand Laminating Pouches, Business Card Size, 5 Mil, 2.56" x 3.75", Pack Of 25 x3 $4.00
22 Avery® Pin Style Name Badge Kits, Business Card Size, 2 1/4" x 3 1/2", Box Of 100 $11.00
23 3" Miniature Plastic White Taster Spoons - 250 Count $9.00
24 MyLifeUNIT Fineliner Pen Set, 0.4mm Black Fine Liner Sketch Drawing Pen, Pack of 20 (Black-20) $11.00
25 Artify Artist Alcohol Based Art Marker Set/ 40 Colors Dual Tipped Twin Marker Pens $26.00
26 Sharpie Metallic Permanent Markers, Fine Point, Assorted Metallic, 6 Count $8.00
27 Uni-Ball Signo Broad Point Gel Impact Pen White Ink (3 pens per pack), Five Pack $22.00
28 Colorations Simply Washable Tempera Paints, 16 fl oz, Set of 11 Colors $38.00
  Total: $565.00

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