Every year in Mr. Paccia’s 7th grade Tech class, students participate in the "Invention Convention," which requires them to solve a problem in their lives with an invention idea, conduct a patent search to make sure it doesn't already exists, do a write up on what it is and what it does, draw a plan on AutoCAD, and build a model that represents it. This year, Mr. Paccia expanded this project and required students to pitch their ideas to three independent investors with hope to secure financial support to start their company, aka Shark Tank: Tully Style. Three teachers/administrators sat in on the presentations conducted over a three day period during class time with monopoly money to invest in the students’ inventions. Students did not disappoint and there were a wide array of inventions including an all-in-one triathlon shoe, a see-through car visor, and a pet brush. Students were asked tough questions by the sharks including percentage rates and foreseeable company growth. Under pressure, the students did quite well and many got the investment they were seeking.
Mrs. Rossman, Mrs. Sterritt, and Mrs. Podsiedlik
aka Shark Investors.
Pitching an idea design for an all-in-one triathlon
An up close look at a prototype.
Pitching an idea for an amazing pet brush.
Investors listen intently to a pitch.
Investors take notes to decide if they want to invest
in the students' inventions.
Answering questions from the sharks can be
Mrs. Newton counts out her investment funds.
Students pitch their ideas. Will they get the
investment they were hoping for?
Mr. Herrick and Mrs. Murphy, and Mrs. Lisi were
sharks during an investment proposal.
Students show a scaled version of their product.
Mrs. Lisi, Mrs. Murphy, and Mr. Herrick have a tough
decision whether they want to invest.