Scented candles, glittery slime and headphone organizers lined the table as eager seventh-graders waited for shoppers to enter the Farmer’s Market.
The class of 2023 spent the school year planning and creating products to sell, and the Farmer’s Market was the final event in an effort to raise money for a local charity.
With a grant from Real World Scholars, a non-profit based out of San Diego, students were given the opportunity to step into the roles of entrepreneur and philanthropist by starting a business. The Lynx named the venture LCS Innovations and enthusiastically began their start-up.
During this year-long project, each student learned how to write mission statements and build business plans to help sell their products. Students incorporated the PYP by becoming inquirers, taking risks and using their communication skills in a real-world situation.
“During our business, we were able to use our mathematical and critical-thinking skills in a real-life simulation which made it even more interesting because there are so many things to consider in a business,” said Jyotika Maharaj ‘23. “This opportunity of working in the real world will be an unforgettable experience and has opened our minds as young adolescents to what awaits us in the future.”
Through this journey, students also learned how to rebound when something did not go as planned. The setbacks taught students to become resilient and patient individuals while learning the true purpose of math in the real world.
By the end of the school year, the LCS Innovations team raised $1,100. The group donated a portion to the Mid-South Food Bank and set aside the rest to be used as seed money for next year’s Real World Scholars project.
This story provides a glimpse of the MYP for our seventh-graders and can also be found in the 2018 Fall Lausanne Magazine.