Based off the TV Show Shark Tank, students are challenged with creating a solution to a problem in their community (school, city, township, county) and developing a presentation to sell to an adult panel (or instructor) to use their solution to fix the problem. This project has everything you will need to teach your students civic responsibility. Make government come alive for your students and give them the freedom to choose a project that interests them. This project takes students through inquiry based learning and allows them the choice to tackle a community issue of their choice. Students brainstorm about a problem within their school, township, or city and create a solution to the problem. This project is packed with resources, tools and rubrics to successfully manage this project. Use project based learning, real world skills, authentic audiences, and 21st century skills to allow students to develop their own persuasive speech and political/economic impact to sell their solution to local politicians.
Creating a successful persuasive speech
Start Up and Ongoing Expenses
Community member interviews
Selling the plan to the teacher (or shark tank community panel)
This project includes:
Student logs and forms
21st century skills
This project has lead my students to presentations to all forms of government in our area. In 2009, we met the governor of Ohio, built on million dollars of additional sidewalks in our city, presented in front of the Ohio High School Athletic Association, implemented concussion testing in our school, improved school security and much more. I use this as my final project in American Government but would work well in any social studies class. This project has brought our community and schools closer together.
Read John Barell (Author) blog on this project