Local Cool Kid: Nakiyah Guy

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A great idea starts somewhere, and a Power Center Academy student believes she’s on to something. Following a class assignment to invent a product, she’s ready to pitch her ideas to a panel in a school contest that is very similar to the hit show ‘Shark Tank’— which airs right here on Local 24 Friday nights.

Nakiyah Guy saw a problem during school lunch.
She noticed many of her classmates were not eating all of their lunch. 
 
“They were not eating it because they don’t really like it, and I heard one person say they wish they could bring their dinner from last night to school to eat it,” she said. 
 
For brown-baggers without access to a fridge to keep cold lunches at the right temperature or a microwave to heat food, she came up with what she believes is the perfect solution– the Micro Lunch. 
 
“It’s different from a microwave because you can use it at home and it’s battery operated and there’s a portable charger for cell-phones and you can charge it and take it to lunch,” she said.” 
 
There’s no real-life replica to show you. 
These are 7th and 8th graders at the business-focused middle school, after all, but Nakiyah and her classmates are hoping to get start-up funds or help getting a patent– in a contest like the ABC hit show ‘Shark Tank’  to eventually bring their ideas to life.
     
So the next step will be presenting her idea to real-life sharks, competing against 17 of her classmates.
 
“I really want students to have the idea to develop citizenship skills,” said Kenya Jerdine, Business Instructor at Power Center Academy Middle School. “To think globally and act locally.” 
 
Nakiyah admits the process makes her a bit nervous, but, she’s hoping her idea will take her far.
 

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