JWPMS students present Inventionland products

Posted on January 25, 2018, in Academics, Lancer Life


James W. Parker Middle School students recently made their final ‘shark tank’ presentations.

Seventh graders walked through a nine-step invention process, creating and developing an idea that has come from their minds. At the end of the class, each group of students in the class pitched their ideas to a panel of judges. This is part of the school’s Inventionland curriculum.

This is the first year for the Inventionland curriculum at James W. Parker Middle School. This school year, General McLane began a two-year project to systematically plant seeds in our students and give them the tools to become inventors and entrepreneurs. In addition to the Inventionland curriculum, General McLane High School students are using the Ice House Entrepreneurship Program curriculum.

This will be only the second year this curriculum has been used anywhere and we join about 35 schools in the Pittsburgh area using the curriculum.

Inventionland is a Pittsburgh-based developing firm that turns ideas into products. Its employees utilize unique workspaces, 16 unique themed sets, to inspire creativity and productivity. Its manufacturing capabilities include metalworking, woodworking, molding, laser cutting, prototyping, circuit board construction and more, which all take place in its state-of-the-art production facility

Here are the top students from each class and their final Inventamercials and some pictures from their presentations.

Abigail Greenleaf and Abby Walker: “The Pillow Hoodie”

Brianna Farley and Katelynne Langer: “The Water Wall”

Reese Campbell and Emma Dahlstrand: “P M P” (Practice Makes Perfect)

Shawn Stutts, Ross Morrow and Dillon Morrow: Waterproof Flexible Boot