Pupils face ‘shark’
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.