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Shark Tank-inspired projects spark entrepreneurial innovation and imagination at RCS Middle School

In a project based on the ABC network television show “Shark Tank,” students at RCS Middle School acted as entrepreneurs, presenting a product and company to a panel of judges – or sharks – in their seventh-grade family and consumer sciences classes on Nov. 4-5.

Students were tasked with conceptualizing a new product and creating the subsequent resources to present to the sharks as they pitched their ideas.

This included collecting and examining data from a survey to support the projected success of the product and company, creating a motto or jingle to sell the innovation, as well as producing a concept for a commercial, while deciding on a price point and distribution outlets for the product.

Looking to the future was also important. Students not only needed to show an office design and layout for their new company, but also how they would expand their company, naming at least one position in which they would need to hire a new employee.

The sharks used a rubric to judge the presentations, and once the final scores were tallied, the winners received a “Shark Tank” t-shirt from one of the producers of the show.