Budding Entrepreneurs Pitch Ideas

Stone Hill Middle School students got a chance to see how their most innovative ideas floated in a Shark Tank-style competition.

On Dec. 14, seventh-grade students got to pitch their business ideas and products to the “sharks” from Rock Ridge High School’s DECA and Future Business Leaders of America clubs. The project spanned several subject areas: the middle school students learned about big business in history class, how to make their business eco-friendly in science class, about the numbers regarding profit margins in math class, and how to pitch an idea in English class by watching the TV show “Shark Tank.”
Each of the 17 competing teams produced prototypes of their products and brochures describing them, and the judges chose winners from A Day and B Day history classes.

The A Day winners were Brandon Kilfeather, Aidan Klug, Vishal Kotha, Rohan Singh and Rushil Umaretiya. The team came up with the Pick Pocket Protector, a device that attaches to your cell phone, wallet or purse that sounds an alarm if someone tries to take valuables.

The B Day winners were Ayesha Ansari, Keerthana Govindarajan, Nikita Khare, Neha Polavarapu and Avery Temple. They came up with a device called Paper Posture, which allows you to straighten up crumpled paper so that it can be submitted looking good. The device requires special paper made with metal filament, wood fibers and recycled clothing. Paper Posture would be available in large ($34.99) and travel ($19.99) sizes.

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