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
Kate anderson, 3rd gr teacher, del mar heights
By: Kacey Lowrey, Educational Specialist at Ocean Air School
I wanted to reach out and share what some of my colleagues have done in regard to Design Thinking. They’ve taken this challenge head on and the stuff I’m witnessing is unlike anything I’ve ever been a part of. ITS AWESOME, inspiring and so engaging!
From 6th grade all the way down to K, our kiddos are engaging in some pretty amazing Design Thinking opportunities. I have the BEST position because I get to see it all.
Here’s a glimpse of what Kinder did…
Some other ways in which students are engaged in their learning right now:
In First grade, classrooms are decorated like SPACE!
In Second Grade, students are designing bird houses to help keep wildlife safe.
In Third grade, students are studying severe weather.
In Fourth grade, students are real world problem solving to help students get backpacks up crowded stair cases at the school as part of their efforts to design the extraordinary school experience.
Stay tuned... Fifth and Sixth grade students will be ending the school year with their own Design Thinking challenges!
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