Pupils face ‘shark’

Eastern Reporter - - Street Watch -

BUD­DING en­trepreneurs from a Bassendean school will present their orig­i­nal apps to a panel of “sharks” at an up­com­ing pitch ses­sion in­spired by the tele­vi­sion show, Shark Tank.

St Michael’s School Year 6 stu­dents de­signed nine orig­i­nal apps, in­clud­ing gam­ing and mu­si­cal apps, as part of the school’s dig­i­tal tech­nolo­gies cur­ricu­lum.

The stu­dents will pitch their ideas to in­vestors Money School di­rec­tor Lacey Filipich, UWA fac­ulty devel­op­ment of­fi­cer Asha Stab­back, Dream­fit chief ex­ec­u­tive Dar­ren Lom­man and Cre­ate Real Change founder Maria Doyle on Novem­ber 8.

Year 6 stu­dent Emily Walsh said she was ex­cited to present her group’s app which al­lowed peo­ple to cre­ate and share their own songs.

Fel­low stu­dent Lara Tucker said stu­dents also had to draw their app icon and use per­sua­sive skills as part of the project.

St Michael’s School teacher Mark Ten­ney said the project helped the stu­dents build their com­mu­ni­ca­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tion and prob­lem-solv­ing skills.

“The ca­reers that they will go into, some of them might not even have been in­vented yet,” he said.

Ms Filipich said she looked for­ward to ses­sion be­cause she usu­ally dealt with ‘kid­preneurs’ who de­signed phys­i­cal rather than tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts.

Lacey Filipich (cen­tre) with Year 6 stu­dents Emily Walsh, Jaden Heys and Lara Tucker.

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