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This activity is great for practicing with Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. The students are given specific values that they input into the spreadsheet, then they need to recreate the surface area and volume formulas using formulas. A quick discussion involving rounding and significant digits will occur, so be ready for it.
This activity is also great for the students to practice programming on graphing calculators. They may quickly discover that formulas for surface area and volume for pyramids with a base of 5 or more sides are very similar.
This is also a great activity for when you have a substitute.