Students Developing “Rent My Trailer” Website for BIG Idea Contest | Education

Merging an imaginative business idea with technology, a group of students – including two from Rapid City – will compete as finalists in the BIG Idea competition, scheduled for December 8 at Northern State University in Aberdeen.

Olivia Grinager, Ian Grinager and Jakob Thompson – in a team representing Rapid City Christian School and the Colman-Egan School District – are among the finalists in the competition, coordinated by the South Dakota Small Business Development Center with the funding and collaboration of many other businesses and government organizations.

Eight teams were selected from 238 applications submitted by 33 schools, according to a press release from the Small Business Development Center.

The competition is designed to inspire students to think about their own region, considering opportunities to start a business close to where they live.

Olivia Grinager and Ian Grinager reflected on their project one recent morning. They’re hatching a plan to reunite people who have trailers and don’t use them with people who need them – at least for a little while. They call it “Rent My Trailer”.

“We were just brainstorming an idea, and one day our (big) uncle wanted to hire a trailer, but there was no place to go,” said second year student Ian Grinager. at RCCS.

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“It’s kind of like an Airbnb for trailers,” added Olivia Grinager, senior at RCCS.

The two students – a sister-in-law combination – work with Thompson, a freshman at the Colman-Egan School District, via Zoom and other virtual meetings.

“I came up with the draft of what the draft should look like, and we sent it to our friend Jakob to create the website,” said Ian Grinager.

Olivia Grinager explained her role.

“I do marketing and I put it on different social media sites,” she said. “I’m going to go to Instagram and Facebook and post about it, and follow people who might be interested.”

Thompson, speaking by phone from Colman, said he’s been drawn to web design for some time. This project, as he described it, seemed natural to him.

“It lets me create something and I can see it as it’s made,” he said of the website design.

Ease of use is one of the key goals of the website, as Thompson explained.

“I started by creating the homepage and then I added the shop (section) so you can rent the trailer,” he said. “And then I added a page where you can submit your own trailer.”

Olivia and Ian Grinager said the site could include more information than a general website because it is more specialized. It also allows people to rent their own trailers.

All three students said they love math and technology and look in those directions when imagining their future studies and careers. Olivia Grinager described her interest in problem solving.

“My brain automatically makes things easier,” she said. “So if there’s something that’s slowing me down, I just improve it. “

The three students submitted their “Rent My Trailer” for competition evaluation proposal in an online report.

The prizes include cash awards ranging from $ 100 to $ 1,000, according to the Small Business Development Center press release, as well as scholarships to Northern State University, Presentation College and South Dakota Mines, according to the press release. Small Business Development Center press.

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Edwin S. Wolfe