Learning Through Toys

Students in Brian Markwald’s 7th grade economics course learned first-hand what it takes to bring a new product to market. As part of their entrepreneurship project, students where tasked with creating an idea for a new toy or significant alterations to an existing toy. They then pitched their product to a visiting group of parent volunteers who asked questions about their toy and provided feedback.

The project teaches students about entrepreneurship, including developing an idea and producing a prototype, and also requires students to practice their written and oral presentation skills. “This is a great opportunity to practice public speaking and get that experience they need to be confident speakers,” said Markwald, 7th grade social studies teacher.

Many thanks to the following individuals who served as volunteers:

Jackie Darr
Jacqueline Jarvis
Luke LaManna
Scott Lurie
Chris Markgraf
Paolo Pantalei
Keri Sarajian
Laura Thurow ’96
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