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Lesson Overview
Lesson Title:
Real-World Applications of RFID

Mr. Mike Rogers (Primary)
Mr. Benjamin Brachle
Ms. Mary Herrington

Brief Description:
Students will be introduced to the concept of RFID technology. They will learn the basics parts and functions as well as the programming of RFID's. Students will be shown real-world applications to this emerging technology.

Topics Introduced:

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics Curriculum Framework Components Addressed:
Logistics Planning and Management Services
Warehousing and Distribution Center Operations
Suggested Grade Levels:
9th Grade
10th Grade

Industrial Technology
Standards Taught:
12.5.1 Math 2006
12.6.1 Science 2003
12.6.2 Science 2003
12.3.6 Science 2003

Lesson Information
Learning Expectations:

At the completion of this lesson, the students will be able to:
1)      Distinguish the parts associated with RFID technology and their uses
2)      Examine the history of RFID technology
3)      Use RFID tags to complete a specific task
4)      Implement RFID technologies in real-world applications

Plan Of Action:

1. Introduce RFID technology with video relating to shoplifting as an anticipatory set. Ask the students if the man in the video is a shoplifter? (
2. Concept development, Lecture using an PowerPoint presentation with multiple learning modalities. (Real Word Applications of RFID ppt)
3. Demonstrate RFID tags and readers by having students compete in a bingo game with pre-programmed RFID tags. Student will pick from the 16 tags, bring one up to the reader, and expose the EPC tag number. Each tag number will correspond to a Bingo number. (Use the RFID TAG ID List document as an example of tag numbers and bingo numbers. The RFID Bingo Card document is a template you can use to make your own Bingo cards. Randomly assign the numbers 1-16 to the different squares on the sheet.) As the numbers are called out, have the students mark the different spaces until some gets four in a row (vertically, horizontally, or diagonally). The game can be modified at the teachers discretion.
4. Have the students post answers to the following discussion questions:
a. What are some things that you could to differently in your life if you had access to RFID technology?
b. What do you think the future holds for RFID?
Students will discuss their answers. (See the RFID Discussion Assignment document for an example. In this example, students will use the Angel online learning management system to create a online discussion board. Discussion can be accomplished by using a variety of ways. The teacher can modify this activity based on what is available.)

Data Set Used:

Students will be given the data set: RFID EPC codes for the Bingo Game.

Materials Needed:

1)      16 pre-programmed RFID tags w/antennas for bingo
2)      1 RFID HF Reader
3)      1 Laptop computers with RFID middleware

Phidget RFID Equipment can be purchased from this website:

Preparation Period:

1)      Locate, preview, and save videos of shoplifting for anticipatory set:
2)      Complete PowerPoint on RFID Technologies
3)      Learn how to program RFID tags and readers
4)      Create RFID Bingo Game

Implementation Period:

Lesson will last approximately two 94 minute block class periods.

Science, Math, Engineering and / or Technology Implications:

Students will use technology and math to solve an engineering problem

Considerations for Diversity in Education:

1)      Access multiple modalities during PowerPoint lecture
2)      Check lesson for unintended biases
3)      Monitor my questioning skills for time allowed

Lesson Files
List of 16 RFID tags used to play bingo. Each tag is listed by description and tag identification.
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RFID Bingo Card
Bingo card used to play RFID bingo with 16 tags and a reader.
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RFID Discussion Assignment
A guide for an online discussion about RFID Technology
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Real World Applications of RFID
A powerpoint presentation focusing on Real World Applications of RFID Technolgy
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