May 10, 2021-- The Shark Tank Challenge kicked off May 6 for sixth- and seventh-grade district students interested in learning more about careers in Digital Arts, Engineering and Finance.
The Shark Tank meets Thursday afternoons from 2:30-4:30 p.m. (except the week of May 24, when it will meet Tuesday, May 25) through June 17. Students will work in teams of three to brainstorm and design a unique product, build a prototype, design a marketing plan and develop a business plan for potential investors.
Groups of students will collaborate to develop a presentation to pitch their product to investors who will decide how to invest their money. Team members will each have specific responsibilities in the areas of finance, digital arts and engineering. No experience is necessary.
Sessions are virtual, but hands-on, supported by mentors from across the community, collaborative- and in some cases, some socially-distanced, masked, optional in-person activities are available. Mentors from across the community will help teams finalize their prototype on June 3; the design and pitch will be presented June 10; and winners and awards will be celebrated June 17. There will be local trip opportunities for many students constrained by budget, and facility capacity as well as prizes and recognitions.
This opportunity is free and funded by the district's Perkins grant which supports the initiative of building career awareness and interest in our academy programs. Space is limited to 27 for each school to participate in the competition and events. Some spots remain for Intermediate South and Intermediate East students, who can join Shark Tank in time for this coming week by applying here. Devices may be available to borrow if needed.
More information about the district's newest career pathways including Computer Science, Architecture and Broadcast Journalism-- available to all high school students-- can be found here. Many of these programs offer students opportunities for dual enrollment, industry-recognized certifications, and membership in career and technical student organizations.