Students in the CAPS (Center for Advanced Professional Studies) Business classes at the Four Rivers Career Center worked on building their first prototype of the 2017-18 school year Aug. 24.

Morning and afternoon session students both worked on the project, which involved taking belongings from their vehicles and coming up with an innovation to introduce to the rest of the class.

The students did not know about the assignment prior to them arriving at the career center, so they had to use whatever items were in their vehicles.

Broken into groups, among the items presented by the students were a customized swing for children, an “Own the Floor” game, a “Sports Dad on the Go” starter pack, a “T-Brand Stroke Counter” with a holder and Bluetooth speaker, and a “Baby Cover Set and Item Holder.”

Each group introduced their product, demonstrated it, and then made a 30-second video about it.

CAPS is a nationally recognized high school program. Students are fully immersed in a professional culture, solving real world problems, using industry standard tools and are mentored by actual employers, all while receiving high school and college credit.

School officials said CAPS is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of tomorrow, especially in high skill, high demand jobs.