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Pictured are Foothills Academy students Ellie Thuman and Jade Radoian, who have designed tumbler cups accessories.

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Foothills Academy’s students create ‘Bev Bling’

Staff Report~ 10/8/2014

SCOTTSDALE – At Foothills Academy, Mr. Stewart’s 7th grade technology class is busy managing their new company Bev Bling, from their entrepreneurial unit. The class was instructed to design a new product and develop ways on how to advertise and budget the product using computer programs they have learned in class. Two students, Ellie Thuman and Jade Radoian, came up with a new product called Bev Bling, an accessory set for tumbler cups.

The class loved the idea so much they decided to take Bev Bling to production and start their own small business. Each Foothills Academy student was assigned a different management area of the business. The finance department budgets, balances finances, figures profit to cost ratios, and projects profits, which they all learned how to manage using Microsoft Excel and Google Sheets.

The marketing students are in charge of making signs to put up around school, creating and managing social media for free advertising, and filming a commercial to put on YouTube. All the students were involved in making this commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-Hd-mnVQNU.

A production line was also used to help make the bows and the bands for the cups, allowing faster production times. The students are now selling the bow and band accessory set for $5 and a clear tumbler cup with the accessory set included for $10at the Foothills Academy student store, and online through their Web site www.bevbling.weebly.com. Check out their products on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram keyword: bevbling, which the students all set up and manage.