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Apply to Participate in Shark Tank Competition!!!
Toms River Regional Schools was recently awarded a Perkins grant used for students to prepare for Careers. This particular activity is designed to help sixth and seventh grade students increase their career awareness in the fields of Finance, Digital Arts and Engineering. Finance, Digital Arts and Engineering are programs of study students can apply to in eighth grade and participate in at the high school level.

Thursday afternoons starting 5/6 from 2:30-4:30 (except Tuesday, May 25), students in grades six and seven will work in teams of 3 to brainstorm and design a unique product, build a prototype, design a marketing plan and develop a business plan for potential investors. Groups of students will collaborate to develop a presentation to pitch their product to investors who will decide how to invest their money. Team members will each have specific responsibilities in the areas of finance, digital arts and engineering. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

Sessions will be virtual, but hands-on, supported by mentors from across the community, collaborative- and in some cases, some socially distanced, masked, optional in-person activities will be available. Sessions will run 2:30-4:30. We will have a kickoff on May 6 followed by activities May 13, May 20 and May 25 (a Tuesday), followed by help from mentors from across the community finalizing the prototype on June 3, The design and pitch will be presented June 10 and winners and awards will be celebrated June 17. There will be local trip opportunities for many students constrained by budget, and facility capacity as well as prizes and recognitions!

This opportunity is free. Space is limited to 27 for each school to participate in the competition and events. The trip will unfortunately be limited to 9 intermediate students. Devices may be available to borrow if you do not have appropriate hardware already at home.

Go to to learn more about district Arts, Business and STEAM Career Academies. Go to to learn more about our newest Computer Science Pathway available to all high school students. Many of these programs offer students opportunities for dual enrollment, industry recognized certifications and membership in career and technical student organizations.
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I am interested in participating in a local, indoor, masked, socially distanced, bused field trip to VRtual, a digital arts mecca here in Toms River where students will learn about careers in digital arts and experience Virtual Reality Booths, High-End PC Gaming Stations, Driving Simulators, Flight Simulators, E-Sports Live Streaming, and more!  The anticipated dates are IM East May 13, IM South May 20, IM North May 25 (Tuesday) with buses departing the intermediate school close to 2:30pm, picking up 9 high school students and returning close to 5pm.  Only 9 intermediate slots are available for each trip.  9 high school academy students will accompany them as well as educators and guidance counselors.  Students will learn first hand from academy students about programs of study and what it's like.
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By selecting "We Agree" below, I agree to allow my child to participate fully in the Shark Tank competition and events by using the school Google Account to access the apps and download requisite software, participating with a camera on the majority of the time in Google Meets to encourage collaboration and feedback, and continue to use Google Applications, primarily Google Classroom, for communications. Teachers and students may interact through remote access to the student chrome desktop during hackathon hours using Photos and videos of the students may be taken and used for education/outreach purposes. *
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