Lower School Students Show Early Entrepreneurial Spirit

Five Timothy House students took the plunge into Spark Tank this spring and wowed us with their presentations and their projects!

Five Timothy House students took the plunge into Spark Tank this spring and wowed us with their presentations and their projects! Some are extensions of the work they undertook in fifth grade "genius hour," a designated time of discovery when students are innovating, pursuing their sparks of genius, trying new things, failing, and trying again. Other projects were initiated anew — over just the last two months — when students met with Alana Zussman, Technology Teacher, for a mini-Spark Tank experience during lunch period only once or twice a cycle.

Jamie '25 presented his solution to ease traffic on New York City side streets caused by garbage trucks. (His sister, Ella '26, served as trusty assistant to advance his slides!) Jamie's research was in-depth, his suggestion for modifying how cars park well-documented, and his urban design skills impressive.

Isabella '26 shared her vision for a product called "Covered," an erasable suitcase cover that kids can draw and paint on, entertaining them during long flights and making bags easy to spot on airport conveyor belts. Isabella, who designed a logo for her business, plans to add a sweet touch by sending customers a treat with every purchase: a chocolate-covered marshmallow with a drizzle pattern inspired by her logo!

Josh '25, introduced his idea for a creamy frozen peanut butter snack to help infants and toddlers develop immunity to peanut allergies, which are common and preventable. Josh, too, conducted in-depth research about the problem and named his product "Let's Go Nuts," so that he can grow his business into a line of snacks to curb other nut allergies.

The final presentation was by the team of Michael '25 and Johannes '25, who collaborated on a concept for an app called "Look Up." Their goal is to alert people, including those who are homeless, about surprise and extreme weather situations and to suggest locations where they can take cover. Michael's passion for weather shone through, while Johannes demonstrated creativity with his logo design.

A team of judges provided students with feedback, suggestions, and encouragement to continue refining their project ideas: Chancellor Stephen Spahn, Chief Innovation and Communications Officer Allison Feldman, and Director of Development for The Dwight School Foundation Susan Beyrle. They agreed unanimously that all students should pass the first stage in the five-stage stage Spark Tank development cycle and return next year to present their progress to the Foundation's Spark Tank Committee. We can't wait to see how far they will go!


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