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8th Grade Students Pitch Their "Shark Tank" Ideas to Soundproof NFA's Podcasting Studio

Eighth grade students in Steve Wood's class recently researched and designed eco-friendly soundproofing materials to use in the podcasting studio in The Loft. The Loft, which is managed by Dr. Megan Stotz, NFA's Technology Integration Specialist/Media Studies Teacher, is NFA's makerspace and sits on the second floor of The Stone House.

"I gave the students a budget of $140," said Dr.  Stotz, who heard student pitches earlier this week. "The materials had to be sustainable/eco friendly, match the aesthetic of The Loft, and had to effectively absorb sound."

To prepare them for their "Shark Tank" style pitch, students learned about sound waves in science class and built their blueprint designs accordingly. 

"Students used moss, bamboo, cotton, sweatshirts, and cork for some of their ideas," said Dr. Stotz. "Projects ranged from using old NFA sweatshirts to make quilts around the room, to art with moss, cotton clouds from the ceiling, and more."

Dr. Stotz will pick the winning pitch later this month.