Students should be involved in their education. They can also change their world. I’m excited about filling my son’s locker with items from Staples because they are PRACTICAL. (The Designed by Students locker shelf below is so unique, I was like — why didn't some adult think of that?)
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It is great to see companies empower students to think and contribute to the world. Two of my favorite items are the floating locker shelves and the Big Pen Pencil Case. (Both are pictured at the bottom of this post.)
Watch the Students Pitch Their Products
The video from launch day is inspirational. (Embedded below.) Some of the key points he mentioned:
- The proposal and prototyping process. This is an essential part of design.
- The authentic audience. How can we help students work with local companies in this way to bring designs to the marketplace. When Staples did this, they are showing other businesses and leading with their actions that students can be partners in the design process. Talk about empowering students! When you take your ideas to local or large companies – share this.
- The pitch. In the video, you’ll see students pitching the products they designed. The art of the “elevator pitch” and proposing the awesome lap desk, the Big Pen, binders without rings, the cool locker shelf, and a redesigned backpack. (Watch the video!)
The Floating Locker Shelves
The Big Pen Pencil Case
Check out the whole Staples Back to School Line at: www.staples.com/backtoschool
See my favorite office supplies and how I use them in my classroom at: Top 10 Cool Things to Buy at Staples
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