Dear Division 16,
Welcome to the first blog homework assignment of the 2016-2017 school year! I’m so excited to see what opinions, perspectives and ideas you’ll post here throughout the year!
Here is an article I found on popsci.com. Please read this article and then answer the question below. Remember to use full sentences and check back to make sure you have answered the question. Remember to use your pseudonym!
THE FUTURE OF…THE HOT DOG?HOT DOGS ARE IN NEED OF A REDESIGN
By Clay Dillow March 1, 2010
RKS Redesigned Hot Dog, Rendered
According to both common sense and the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are two truths about hot dogs which neither science nor industry can afford to ignore: kids love hot dogs, and hot dogs are the perfect size and shape for a child to choke on. To wit: “If you were to take the best engineers in the world and asked them to design a perfect plug for a child’s airway, you couldn’t do better than a hot dog,” one AAP doctor said.
As such, the hot dog is in need of a redesign. So the folks at Fast Company took a look at California design house RKS’s quest to cook up a completely rethought hot dog, and they did it using a design tool that is decidedly child-approved: the Play-Doh Fun Factory.
The team started with a blank slate but eventually decided that – in a tip of their hats to tradition – they wouldn’t radically alter the hot dog’s essence; a meat product, packaged with a bun, that more or less serves as a vehicle to get otherwise unmanageable condiments from plate to mouth.
Sketching Out the Future of Food
After experimenting with hollowed-out dogs, dogs with grooves cut into the sides and even some wieners resembling the more complicated organelles of a living cell, they finally settled on the design below.
RKS’s Favorite Design (With Condiments)
In the “Leave a Reply” box below, please post your response to this question:
*What other everyday object do you think scientists should redesign and why?*
The author of this article has explained a problem with the current shape of hot dogs and why their shape should be changed.
If I were to respond to this post, I might say:
“I would like scientists to develop a compost bin that has a drain in the bottom where the liquid can be drained off. I live in an apartment and when I transfer the compost from the bucket in my house to newspaper or a paper bag to take it downstairs, the liquid can make it soggy. If there was a way to separate the liquid, I’d have fewer messes or accidents!”
I look forward to your responses!