Assembly Line Games & Activities

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Are your students learning about Henry Ford, the American Industrial Revolution, or the assembly line? This lesson contains a few ideas for fun and stimulating games and activities that will help students understand assembly lines and their benefits.

The Assembly Line: A Huge Innovation in Manufacturing

The assembly line, popularized by Henry Ford's automobile manufacturing plants in Michigan, was undoubtedly one of the most important innovations in manufacturing at the turn of the 20th century. The idea behind the assembly line was to reduce the time it took to manufacture items while maximizing worker output. Industries all over the world began to realize that using the same basic principles - having workers specialize during the manufacturing process and standardizing parts - increased the productivity of just about every output imaginable. What's more, the standardization of parts made it easier for manufacturers to distribute replacement parts to customers in the event of breakage or wear and tear. It is often difficult for students to understand just how beneficial the assembly line has been to worldwide manufacturing, which is why games and activities can be a great way to drive these ideas home. Be sure to take these ideas and modify them to fit your students' needs.

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