Justice HS Students Named Finalists in “Shark Tank” Design Competition

School News
May 04, 2020

student demonstrating inventionFor the second year in a row, Justice High students from Becky Van Vranken’s English Learners Level 3 English 11 class were selected as finalists in the Fairfax County Office of Family Services annual “Shark Tank” design competition. Students had been preparing for the event months in advance, creating technology innovations that would engage senior citizens in recreational and lifestyle activities. Student teams interviewed seniors about their interests, researched disabilities and accessibility technology, submitted an initial proposal, designed prototypes, tested their designs on users, wrote and submitted a multi-page project paper, created a marketing video, and even hosted a mock Shark Tank with judges from the community. Their projects will be included in the 2021 competition. The finalist teams are:


  • Said Guanca, Narlin Perez, and Keyla Benavides created a Magnifier Box to assist seniors to participate in jewelry making.
  • Estefany Majano, Carlos Hernandez , and Hesmy Ramirez created the Cutting EZ Board, to make meal prep safer and accessible.
  • Ottoniel Lopez, Gerberth Diaz, and Wilber Hernandez created a Helper Robot to retrieve and deliver items by remote control commands.
  • Yoali Sorto, Nicole Romero, Yesli Aguilar, Kevin Escobar created the Expand-a-Cane, a two-in-one cane and walker device.
  • Ervin Godinez, Cruz Soto, and Keiry Flores created the Pooper Scooper Cane, a cane with a grabber to help seniors who walk their dogs. 

Contact Assia Aubdoolah at abaubdoolah@fcps.edu