This month many of our students will be in a similar situation to the Shark Tank contestants. They are participating in an entrepreneurial program called TREP$ (short for entrepreneurs). Students
On a recent episode of Shark Tank (linked below), two men asked the sharks to invest in their product, LockerBones. LockerBones is a locker system and was invented by a father of a middleschooler, frustrated that she couldn't keep her organized. I am confident that many of our students will watch this episode and say, "I could have done that!" Yes, you could have. Perhaps we will see the next "Lockerbones" at marketplace night.
"TREP$ is an awesome way to learn important business lessons, have fun, and even make money. It is a great opportunity for kids to be taken seriously, so they can see people's reactions to their ideas, products, and creations."
-Robby R., Grade 8
I love Robby's line about being "taken seriously". I think that it is a good reminder to all of us that our students want to be treated as if their ideas, thoughts, and opinions are relevant and when we do we often get from our students a genuine desire to achieve. A desire that is not motivated by grades, pressure, or expectations, but driven by the sheer thrill to create, invent and innovate---and "make MONEY" (and not get eaten by a shark)!
TREP$ Marketplace Nights
Grades 7 and 8: February 19 and 20
Grade 5: February 26 and 27
SMS Cafeteria, 6:30 PM
Shark Tank episode featuring LockerBones (skip to minute 23:00)