Shark Tank eSchool (STeS) is a support program for high schools wanting to offer entrepreneurship education (EE) to their year 10 and 11 cohorts. In partnership with Sony and Mie Lab, the University of Adelaide has designed and packaged the curriculum and all the supporting resources and materials to conduct this course. We provide train-the-trainer sessions for high school teachers, which equips them with all the knowledge required to teach the course themselves, but we also offer ongoing dedicated online and in-person support throughout each offering.
The STeS program commenced in January 2019, piloted in both public and private schools in South Australia. It is designed to immerse young people into “the doing” of entrepreneurship and innovation and help them to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. The STeS program incorporates core concepts of creativity, innovation, critical thinking, teamwork, and entrepreneurial thinking, and is action-learning and project-based. Students form teams, and then generate a business idea. These ideas typically respond to existing problems and students are given the opportunity to develop a solution in the form of a product, service, or user experience.
We are harnessing the opportunity to grow a generation of innovators and entrepreneurs. An entrepreneurial mind and skill set has the potential to create societal change, especially when inculcated at a young age. We believe we are shaping the next generation of leaders and change-makers with the ability to impact not only their own lives and those around them, but the future of our country.