Market & Profit

  • 200 minutes
  • 6-8 Grade
  • Lesson

Students will discuss how inventions they use on a daily basis were marketed and what persuaded them to buy these products. Using their invention idea (or another invention idea), students will complete a series of worksheets. These worksheets require students to think about the cost of making/advertising their product, cost of selling their product, how to make a profit, how to calculate percent profit, and the most effective way to advertise their product to their intended audience. Additionally, students will create an advertisement flyer and income vs.. expenses graph and present their work to their peers for feedback.

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Make Your Mark

  • 90 minutes
  • 6-8 Grade
  • Lesson

Students will continue learning about patents and trademarks, specifically how the relate to the invention process. As a class, create a list of popular slogans and discuss why they are so effective. Transition the discussion into trademarks and copyrights, specifically how they relate to patents. Students will choose a project assignment (from a list of three), in which they market a product. This process includes describing their marketing strategy and selling the product to their target audience.

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Make it Easier

  • 80 minutes
  • 6-8 Grade
  • Lesson

Students will learn that inventing exists to improve the lives of many different people. Inventions solve problems and help give people better access to things they might not have done before. Students will work in groups to design an invention that would make daily life easier for someone with a particular disability. They will present their design and receive feedback from their peers about how the invention could be improved further.

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