On Thursday, Lausanne fifth graders broke up into groups and worked as teams as part of their Lynx4rEarth Real World Scholars entrepreneurship project work day.
Earlier this month, we told you how students saved their garbage for an entire day to sort and evaluate what could and could not be recycled. They were then told Lynx4rEarth received $1,000 capital to create a product from trash that would otherwise end up in garbage and landfills. From there, they began brainstorming and hit the ground running with ideas.
The project began after students sorted through the trash for possible materials to use in their prototype. They reused and repurposed materials from recycling bins and the STEAM room to build their prototypes and ideated as co-workers in their business, Lynx4rEarth.
Thursday began another phase of the project. It began with students checking a list in the hallway to see which of the three groups they had been assigned.
There was the sales team, which was in charge of materials collection strategies and marketing strategies as well as designing things such as business cards and thank you notes. By late morning, the wall was covered with mind maps and amazing ideas.
Across the hall, photojournalists were preparing to interview students and both photograph and use video to tell the story of the project.
In another room, the social media team analyzed good and bad posting, ethics and then worked with the photojournalists for their initial posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
All of the students were then given a mini lesson on foundation and charitable giving. They researched to find their personal favorite "501 in the 901."
After presenting this research, the fifth graders will vote for the local charity in which to donate all profits.
The project will conclude as students host a holiday pop-up shop featuring their products at Lausanne the week prior to winter break.
Click here to see photos from the day on our Facebook page.