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Learning objects The foul food maker: best guess


Use a vending machine to get an awful meal such as fly soup, worm pasta or yucky duck. The machine serves a meal randomly from four slots. Work out the likelihood of getting each type of meal. Guess which type of meal is most likely to be served. Make several guesses, then check your results from the random sample. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students match probability situations with everyday chance words
  • Students explore the tension between theoretical probability and randomness.
Educational value
  • Enables the comparison of student guesses with random selection.
  • Provides immediate feedback in response to student answers, using the language of chance and likelihood.
  • Provides a written results summary that students can access at any time.
Year level

2; 3

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics/Probability -Experiments
    • Mathematics/Odds
    • Mathematics/Probability
    • Mathematics/Random events
    • Mathematics/Theoretical probabilities
    • Mathematics/Sampling
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Mathematics/Impossible outcomes
    • Mathematics/Likelihood
    • Mathematics/Certain outcomes
    • Mathematics/Estimation
    • Mathematics/Experiments
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
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    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.