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Learning Challenges

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Made in FLORIDA Learning Challenges:


See below the working versions of these challenges.

The Tropicana Learning Challenges

Each challenge is based


Company: Tropicana/Pepsico



The purpose of this activity is to engage learners in a scenario or problem-based learning experience that engages their imagination, confronts them with scaled-down versions of real-life industry challenges and stimulates their interest in pursuing careers in modern manufacturing.



Students will be introduced to real industries and some of the manufacturing-related challenges they face. They will be provided with goals, data and constraints and be asked to generate novel solutions to the challenge.



In these activities, students are challenged to determine how to contain, package and ship 250,000 gallons of orange juice, from the processing plant to the shelves in the grocery store. Students use real constraints to design new containers in which to pour the juice; new cases or shipping boxes to hold the new containers and shipping pallets that are loaded to refrigerated trains. The Tropicana Learning Challenge provides student an excellent opportunity to propose real designs for real problems, using the same constraints engineers confront. Students learn to appreciate the challenges and opportunities of modern manufacturing firms and apply their problem-solving, drafting, math, science and prototyping skills.


The Tropicana Challenge is divided in three levels.


Level I – The Container - Students provide the design specifications for the design of a new container. They must take into consideration the specifications of the filling stations.

Abstract 1

Challenge 1

Data Sheet


Level 2 – The Case (Shipping Box) - Students provide the design specifications for the design of a new shipping box. They must take into consideration the dimensions and ultimate content of a shipping pallet.

Abstract 2

Challenge 2




Level 3 – The Train Car - Students provide the design specifications for the train car that will distribute the new product by rail to all distribution centers in the continental US.

Abstract 3

Challenge 3

Data Sheet




Tropicana carafe



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