McGinley’s Dragon’s Den Promotes Creativity Using Math at Cape High School

Cape Henlopen School District
October 20, 2017

On October 18th and 19th, Mrs. McGinley’s math students participated in a unique, and fun project.

Modeled after the popular ABC hit show “Shark Tank”, students worked in small groups to develop a product. Once they had their idea, they determined the cost associated with the business start-up, the cost to make the individual product, and the price in which they wanted to sell their product for. Once they had these numbers, students used two equations, one to find the total cost and one to find revenue based on the units sold. The next step was to show their system of equations using three methods, Elimination, Substitution and Graphing Method. They also needed to show on the graph the point in which their business would break even. Once they completed this portion of the assignment, they were able to present the “Sharks” or in this case, the “Dragons” with an investment proposal. The Dragons included teacher Mrs. McGinley and a guest student from another class.

The students went above and beyond in developing their products and showcasing their math skills. They each presented product ideas that could even be utilized in real-world situations. Products included things like Doggles, which are goggles for your pet so that they don’t get water in their eyes, and a GumPack, which was a fully functioning gumball machine that could be attached to your backpack. One group of students presented a RainBulb, which could very well be the next big thing in the technology industry. RainBulb is a multi-color lightbulb that can change into a variety of colors.  It has the ability to connect directly to your smartphone or tablet and can be controlled through those devices.

Each product was unique and different in their own way, but one of the favorites of Period 8 was the Dreamery Creamery, an ice cream shop that is destined to be the next big thing on the Rehoboth Beach Boardwalk! Students who developed this product not only utilized the “Shark Tank” theme song in their presentation but they also brought in homemade ice cream for everyone to try. Flavors included Swedish Fish, and Sour Patch Kids, which was a huge hit with our ice cream and candy loving Dragons!

It’s safe to say that the Dragons can’t go wrong with whichever product they decide to invest in. Everyone did a great job presenting and showcasing what they have learned so far this year!