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Harrisburg Students Experience the ‘Shark Tank’

KDLT TV (used with permission)
KDLT TV (used with permission)

A group of sixth graders from Harrisburg South Middle School got the feeling of what it’s like to be on the ABC Show “Shark Tank” on Wednesday (May 17).

While the students didn’t actually get the chance to convince real life sharks like billionaire Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner or Mr. Wonderful, Kevin O’Leary, to give them funding for a product they developed. They did receive a valuable learning experience on what it feels like to pitch some area entrepreneurs who were playing the role of “sharks” for the day.

KDLT News is reporting the Harrisburg students were tasked with the idea of creating a solution to the plastics problem in the world’s oceans, after studying ocean currents in science class.

The students were given four weeks to come up with a viable solution to the problem. The little entrepreneurs put their heads together and created several ideas ranging from edible water bottles to trash-scooping products.

Once they arrived on what they felt was the perfect idea, the students created a prototype to present to the guest “sharks.”

Darren Ellwein, Principal of Harrisburg South Middle School, feels a project like this one, gives students a chance to be creative and develop problem-solving skills.

Ellwein told KDLT News, this is the first year the school has tried a project like this. Chances are another a group of students will get the opportunity to dive back into the shark tank again next year.

Source: KDLT TV

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