Day One


The Problem

The manager of the school cafeteria has come to you and your team for help. The manager needs better information to use in making decisions about what food, and how much of each food, to prepare. This project involves designing and implementing a data collection system that will help culinary arts personnel make reliable decisions about menu planning.



Don't forget that an important part of this project is your collaboration with other high schools in DuPage county to collect and analyze the results from the surveys. Keep contact with classes from your county and share ideas before you move to the next step of the project.



  1. Successful menu planning requires, among other things, reliable information about student preferences for the various food items. Experience in the Davea cafeteria has shown that food preferences vary by:
    • School (e.g. Pizza puffs are more popular at some schools than others)
    • Day of the week (e.g. Some days are slow days for some items...maybe because the same items are offered at the students' own schools on a prior day ?)
    • Other factors ?? (boy/girl ? grade in school ? )


  2. Having in mind the above, discuss in your groups the problem statement. Determine relevant student background data that you want to collect: school; gender; grade; day of week of survey; (others?)
  3. Design a survey (questionnaire) that will provide baseline data on student preferences for food types (hamburgers, pizza puffs, etc.)
  4. Prepare an html document, including a response form so that you can enter data on the web and search what you want to find out.
  5. Sample student data:
    During the week of Novemeber 4, 1996, a trial survey was used to collect student food preference data. Here is