HARTSDALE, N.Y. -- Students at Woodlands Middle School in Hartsdale recently completed a unit in etymology in Katherine Tovar's seventh-grade English classes whereby they had to develop a product that fixes a problem or meets a need in society.
They used Greek and Latin stems (roots, prefixes, and suffixes) they learned in class to come up with their product names, along with a description that really sells their product.
Then the students presented their products in front of a "Shark Tank" panel comprised of middle school staff.
Panel members asked questions about what made the products unique and why they should invest in the items.
Clever innovations included the "Dynavelo," a quick-powered, super-fast sled, to the "Dynathermobile," an on-the-go microwave. The products had to be ones that would revolutionize the world.
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