The Great Glenwood Food Truck Race

What was your driving question?

How can we develop a food truck that will attract local community members and do business well?

Grades Involved

Grades 5th through 8th

How did this project connect to your local or regional community?

Students connected with the local small business incubator and some chose to place their food trucks in the local community, which enhanced their knowledge of their place.

What PBE principles were highlighted in this project?

Learner-Centered, Design Thinking, Local to Global, Interdisciplinary Approach, and Inquiry-Based

Project Description

Glenwood middle school students have entered The Great Glenwood Food Truck Race. Students have been challenged to develop the winning food truck complete with a captivating theme, detailed menu, competitive pricing strategy, appropriate location, and more. This project has challenged students in their design thinking, as they identify problems in their work, generate reasonable and creative solutions, and put those solutions into motion. One event, in particular, a “Truck Stop” (coined from the show, The Great Food Truck Race), brought all work on their truck to a halt and paired them with a competing truck. The students were to choose one main menu item from their competitor’s truck and put their own spin on it to draw business for that item to their truck as opposed to their competition. After allowing students to place orders from the food trucks and tallying profits, the top five trucks are set to present to the local small business incubator.



How did this positively impact the community? How was it shared?

Students were thrilled to share about the progress of their food trucks in conversation, and final products were placed on display during STEAM Night festivities and for the remainder of the school year.

Reflection: What was the biggest challenge? What was the most rewarding aspect of this project?

The biggest challenge from a teacher’s perspective was ensuring that all group members were engaged and contributing appropriately at all times. The most rewarding aspect was challenging students to give things more thought or take a bit more time and reconfigure things. They always rose to the challenge and came back with work that knocked our socks off.

Any advice for a teacher or student that is implementing a PBE project for the first time?

“Just be ready to give it your all and do it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it again.” – Student

“Don’t be afraid to challenge your students! They are full of creativity and unique ideas.” – Teacher