Sam and his dad, Carlos Delgado, frequently ride their bikes around trails near their Newton neighborhood and the Charles River.
“I asked my dad, ‘So motorcycle helmets have visors, why don’t bike helmets have face shields?’” Sam said.
The school assignment, which asked students to create and present a prototype for their idea, required Sam to get creative with resources and materials in his house.
“We don’t have any machines,” Tirsa Delgado said, deeming the process “pretty simple.”
Encouraging his son to launch a business out of the school project, Carlos Delgado applied for a provisional patent for the product in July and bought the domain bikefaceshield.com. The patent was approved in August under Sam Delgado’s name.
The idea to sell the face shields began when Sam asked to buy a new toy.
“I wanted to give him a life lesson: ‘If you want a new toy, why not just