Lower School News

Fifth Grade Shark Tank
Posted 10/30/2017 06:54PM

Student groups present creative entrepreneurial plans

Once again, the 5th grade faced 'the sharks' to present an array of creative entrepreneurial ideas. Part of the students' fall economics unit in social studies, they worked with their teachers Jennifer Houston and Elise Kohan to learn some of the ins and outs of product design and market research.

The students spent a week initially on a lead-up project, designing a new product to improve the oral hygiene experience. Then, they brainstormed problems and solutions for other everyday challenges. Students interviewed family members to get additional input, and then worked for two weeks to select a problem to tackle, design a solution, write a speech to pitch the product to the sharks, make a prototype, and create a presentation board to show the work.

"This year's projects were very creative and interesting," said Ms. Houston. "Particularly interesting this year was that several groups looked at environmental impact, which shows how in-tune the students are to green issues and sustainability."

Each group also made a prototype of their product in the Lower School maker space design room.

The winning team of Serena, Reese and Ethan came up with Hydro Guard, a hydrating mouthguard for contact sports. "People get thirsty during sports and it can be annoying to take multiple water breaks" explained Serena. "The Hydroguard is a mouth guard that you push your tongue up against and it hydrates you by giving you water."

The judges praised their well thought-out presentation that identified a real problem and gave a practical solution. "They were very detailed and had clearly done a lot of research," said the judges in their presentation of the winner.

This year's sharks, or judges, for the presentations were: Lower School Principal Margaret Andreadis, Bullis parent and co-founder of Shark Tank sponsor XML Financial Group Brett Bernstein, and Noah Kohan of PwC.

This teams and projects from the Class of '25:

P.A.L. Preventer - William, Zoe, and Jayson
A trashcan that keeps out your precious pal!

Hydro Guard - Serena, Reese, Ethan
A hydrating mouthguard for contact sports!

Egg Chamber 3000 - Charlie, Mariam, and Eric
A portable soundproof privacy chamber for restaurants and school settings.

The Paper Saver Kit - Tameem, Tre, and Sadie
A tablet-like device that saves paper!

EZ Trash - Dilan, Gabby, Zahra, and Edward
A voice activated outdoor trash can that rolls itself to the curb.

Combine N' Shine - Jessie, Alexis, Jack, Faris
A three-in one container for shampoo, conditioner and body wash!

Separator 3000 - Taylor, Benjamin, and Sepanta
A can that identifies and separates your trash from your recycling.

Spring-a-ling-a-ding-dong - Josie, Maddie, Quinn, Linus
A device to make your shoes awesome!

We became artists, athletes and learners. We became friends. We became Bullis!

Mark W. '20, 5th grade reflection

Lower School students produce their own newsletter, “The Little Bulldog,” to share news from their viewpoint of activities on campus and the world around them.

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