In 2015 we did a project comparing double stuffed oreos to regular ones:
As I said in that blog post, I’d seen a few teachers discussing the idea, but I don’t remember who originally shared the project. So, to be clear again, the idea for this line of study isn’t mine, but I’m happy to have some fun with it.
Instead of revisiting the prior project today, I tried something slightly differnt -> comparing double stuffed oreos with thin ones. The prep work for this project proved to be a little harder than I was expecting because the double stuffed oreo shells were really fragile. So, if you want to repeat this project, be prepared for lots of broken oreo shells!
To start I introduced my son to the problem we were going to try to solve today and asked for his thoughts. The problem was to try to find the ratio of the volume of stuffing in the double stuffed oreos to the volume of stuffing in the thin ones.
Our original intention was to weigh 10 of the crackers from each of the 2 types of cookies. We were able to get only 8, though. The 8 thin crackers weighted 22 grams and the 8 double stuffed crackers weighed 33 grams.
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Next we moved to weighing the full cookies. I didn’t communicate really well at the start of this video, and confused my son a bit. Eventually we got back on the same page weighed 4 cookies of each type.
The 4 double stuffed cookies together weighed 60 grams. That led us to conclude that the stuffing weight was approximately 27 grams for 4 cookies.
Finally, we repeated the process in step 3 with 4 thin oreos. We found that the 4 cookies together weighed roughly 30 grams, meaning the total weight of the filling was 8 grams.
So, my son’s guess of 4 to 1 for the ratio of the filling weight was pretty close. Turned out be 27 grams to 8 grams for 4 cookies, or about 3.5 to 1.
Definitely a fun project. I haven’t done much in the way of introductory statistics for kids – this project definitely gets kids engaged!