In this lab, you will be modeling resource consumption using cereal and spoons. You will then design
your own simulation and make some inferences about resource consumption in the real world. As you
go through the lab, imagine that the cereal you are using is a real resource such as water, food, energy,
land, minerals, coal, lumber, or wildlife.
Be sure to:
Follow safe practices during this investigation.
Think about what you are modeling as you go through the investigation. The pieces of cereal
represent a real-life resource. Keep in mind that the cereal could be water, food, minerals, land,
or other resources.
NOTE: You do not need these materials in order to complete the dry lab.
100 pieces of cereal
2 spoons of the same size
Timer or clock that shows seconds
Other small items (e.g., paper clips, beans, pasta, rice, etc.)
Other grasping devices (e.g., tweezers, tongs, fingers, etc.)
Part 1: Modeling Resource Consumption
A student set up and performed the three tests described below. These tests were part of an experiment
designed to test the independent variable of placement of natural resources and its effect on the rate
that resources can be obtained.
Even Distribution of Nearby Resources