Submitted by: Heather Galigan, Teacher Librarian
OTSS students in the Manufacturing class are learning all about product development through participating in the Junior Achievement (JA) program organized by ONFE. Through trial and error they developed a mid century modern plant stand and the process by which to build it.
With the help of their Manufacturing teacher, Jonah Johnson, and the Teacher Librarian, Heather Galigan, the students created, marketed, and sold the plant stands both in the school and to the general public. As part of the JA public sale at Merivale Mall the OTSS students participated with 10 other JA companies from around Ottawa. The students have all invested their own money in the company and once all the sales are complete they will see the reward in dividends.
The students learned important lessons about quality control (the first few plant stands were not very sturdy), the manufacturing process from idea to final product, and how to talk to customers. Their confidence in their interpersonal skills and their manufacturing skills have all increased tremendously as a result of this project.
This is OTSS’s third JA company (having also made Treat-zies Dog Treats and the Porta Tech Mini Desk) and we are looking forward to bringing it to a new class in the second semester.