The sharks that visited classrooms at Marlowe Middle School earlier this week did not bite, but that didn’t make it any less intense for students presenting to them as part of a “Shark Tank” style challenge to invent a solution to an everyday problem.
Two seventh-grade classes took on the challenge. Working together in groups, the students identified and researched a problem and came up with a solution to solve it.
The top five groups then advanced to the final round where they presented their ideas to a group of “sharks” (volunteers in the community), who then judged them on their creativity and innovative nature to solve life problems.
A group of girls from Mrs. Mowers and Mrs. Haney’s literacy class took the top spot with their project, “Sleep Alert.” The invention combines a pillow and bracelet connected to an app to alert a person suffering from a sleep disorder.
Other projects aimed to tackle such challenges as fires, student stress, garbage overflow, and getting people to wear seat belts.
In the end, the “Sleep Alert” project’s potential to help both people at risk of losing oxygen during sleep and chronic sleepwalkers, perked the judges’ attention.
Congratulations to the winners, and thank you to our volunteer sharks: Jay Bourke, Phil Cody, Ted Rotzoll and Julie Peterson.
View more photos from the event on the District 158 Facebook page.