Mrs. Wogan's 7th grade English students pitched some exciting "inventions." In their class novel, A Girl Named Disaster, the protagonist depends on many original inventions for her survival in the African wilderness. To explore this concept, the 7th graders designed and wrote a how-to article on how to build or make one of the novel's innovations. Then, the girls used design-thinking to come up with an innovation that solves a modern-day problem or issue in America. They developed creative "pitches” and prototypes to promote their ideas and ask for an investment in a Shark Tank-style demo. Faculty guest sharks evaluated a wide variety of products and companies, including an eco-friendly substitute for traditional plastic pens, a fashion-forward alternative to social media, a solution for long food lines at music festivals, a do-it-all coffee machine, and an indestructible phone case featuring a small airbag. Each team impressed the sharks with their confident presentation, financial literacy, and business savvy!