Shell Math (A new way for kids to learn math)
short description
Oysters shells are great for sorting, comparing and contrasting when learning math. Kids can learn math using this engaging method.
Please describe your business idea and the overall impact it would have on the Austin community.
There are several schools in Austin that are in need of low cost learning resources for their students. Tiles can be expensive and easy to lose when students take them. With Oyster shells, students can have a new engaging way to learn math. Students are able to take the shells home and use them outside without any fear of being damaged. Shell math will help students improve their motor skills and mathematical concepts. Shells make learning addition and subtraction easy. Classes and parents can purchase the oyster shell package in 100 piece, 75 piece, 50 piece and 25 piece. These shells can be used to teach multiplication and division as well. Some of the shells will have numbers embedded in them and make it extremely easy to grasp math most difficult concepts.

Our Oyster shells are safe for children ages 4 and above to use because they are developing spatial awareness.

This resource will help several underperforming Austin schools students develop fine motor skill, self-confidence, creativity, math language and understanding of the TEKS.
Which [Re]Verse Pitch Material Supplier byproducts would your business repurpose?
Oyster Shells
What makes your proposed business model viable?
Schools purchase tiles to teach students math, but the tiles are easily lost and students are not allowed to take them home. Oyster shells can be used for learning math and its cost effective. There are over 90 elementary schools in Austin and math is one of the concepts majority of students struggle people. We are providing schools with a cost effective way for them to teach their students math. Parents will also became to purchase these shells that will teach their children addition, subtraction, division and multiplication. There will be students in 1st,2nd, and 3rd grade every year and educators are always open to using new methods to teach students how to use. 4.0 GPA has access to many schools, so obtaining access with school leaders will not be a difficult task. This product will be easy to sell at the many 4.0 GPA vendor events that will be hosted.
How scalable is your proposed business model?
There are several schools in Austin with elementary students. What makes our product scalable is that there is a need for new methods to teach students math. We have schools, parents, and non-profit organizations such as the YMCA that will purchase our products. This product can be sold to people all over the world that want to purchase the packages. Some of the biggest school districts are in the United States are in Texas.
What funding will be required to fully implement, and then scale your idea? What funding do you plan to seek (beyond Reverse Pitch funds), and what will make your idea attractive those funding sources?
The additional funding needed will go toward embedding numbers inside of the shells if needed and packaging. I do not plan to seek funding beyond the reverse pitch funds unless the traction is extremely high and we are force to grow our operations.
Describe your team and how your experience relates to your ability to execute your business plan.
4.0 GPA works with schools to provide college and career readiness solutions for students. We have built relationships with school districts all across the state of Texas. 4.0 GPA also won first place in Houston Liftoff business plan competition 1st Place in Liftoff Business Competition with a perfect business plan score.
How will your business impact the Austin economy? Include the quantity and quality of jobs that the business would create and how the business would support other Austin businesses.
We will improve student performance in mathematics. We plan on creating at least 10 job positions in the first year and support other businesses in getting rid of their oysters.
Please describe the overall environmental and zero waste impact of the operation, including whether the product design allows for the material to be diverted to its highest and best use at the end of the product’s life.
No waste occurs with this operation.

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