By Tamara Radford, Library Media Spec, Del Mar Hills
In an effort to expose students to valuable financial and entrepreneurial skills, 5th grade students at Del Mar Hills Academy found themselves in the Shark Tank. First, students were tasked with researching various industries: education, financial, healthcare, etc. Once they selected the industry, students then prototyped a new or improved product and created a business around it. When the companies were in place and the products were completed, students developed presentations describing sales, customers, and potential profit. Students also learned about financial aspects like possible investment for equity and calculating their company’s valuation. Finally, students presented to the Shark Tank: made up of community business leaders. This project provided an opportunity for students to learn valuable financial and entrepreneurial skills, as well as develop abilities in the art of negotiation and persuasion.
Thanks to our Shark Tank panel:
SDCOE Board Vice President
Enterprise Account Manager, Lego Education
Director of Website Strategy, National University
Del Mar Mayor, Dwight Worden, invited Del Mar Hills fourth-grade students to present their erosion design thinking projects to the Del Mar City Council on Monday, May 7th. Five student groups confidently presented their ideas and prototypes to the City Council at their monthly May meeting. The remainder of the fourth grade projects were represented via an in-depth brochure that was presented to all Del Mar City Council members. This was an incredible opportunity for our students because it showed them their thinking and efforts are valued and have an impact in the larger community/world, outside of school.
Kate anderson, 3rd gr teacher, del mar heights
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