Sharks take over Bayside Middle

Talk about a tough sell.

Mat Scott, civics teacher at Bayside Middle, turned an economics lesson into an entrepreneurial experience by having groups of students create a business and product, a la Shark Tank, the popular business pitch show on ABC.  Armed with a business profile, marketing plan, and either schematics or a prototype, students visited teachers to make their sales pitch and find investors.

Ayanna Garvin and Nia Donawa, Bayside Middle School eighth graders, present their Reflection Perfection concept of a dressing room mirror with smart technology.

Ayanna Garvin and Nia Donawa, Bayside Middle School eighth graders, present their Reflection Perfection concept of a dressing room mirror with smart technology.

Eighth-graders Nia Donawa and Ayanna Garvin made a sales pitch for their Reflection Perfection invention, a smart dressing room mirror. With their invention in a department store, a customer could walk into the dressing room and pick clothing from a touch screen. In 3D they would see how an item fit without ever taking if off a coat hanger. According to the students, not only would their invention please customers, but it also would speed up picking out clothes and reduce theft. Their imaginary invention garnered $400 from investors.

One team had floor samples to show off their new cleaning product. Another had business cards and a menu for Sweet Treats Retreats, a bakery for people with special dietary needs. Other inventions offered a look into the future: a hover skateboard, a hologram watch, iPhone earrings, and a single machine that washed and dried clothes.
In the end, the business earning the most investment money had designed a Smart Desk so students could do all of their work on a touch sensitive desk surface with hologram projection capabilities.

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