Middle Division Students Jump into the ‘Shark Tank’

Students in the Middle Division’s new “Shark Tank – Entrepreneurship” chug (elective) are knee-deep in launching their own businesses and product designs. Under the direction of Grade 6 Science Teacher and STEAM Coordinator Emily St. Germain, the chug is designed to promote leadership, entrepreneurship and service in a real-world setting. The goal is for students to develop and run businesses, while also creating products to help solve a problem they identify. Director of Afterschool and Enrichment Penina Magid offers this image, “It’s 3:30 p.m. on a Thursday and students are on the phone or on Facetime talking through their project designs with their mentors, who are professional engineers, software designers, scientists, entrepreneurs and others from the Schechter community. This chug is an exercise in thinking through a design. Students researched and brainstormed ideas and are now developing a plan to present to a panel of judges for the opportunity to have their project funded. This process is not only about the end result! Students are learning collaborative problem solving as they face challenges and failures and look for solutions.” Students in this chug will be competing in a “Shark Tank” to access seed money for their businesses.