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Northeast students ready to take a dip…in the Shark Tank!

Jan. 12, 2017
Dirk Tedmon
Media Relations Specialist
Northeast students ready to take a dip…in the Shark Tank!
MINNEAPOLIS – Some-fin tells us you won’t want to miss this event. Courageous, curious and capable, Northeast Middle School students will take a dip in the Shark Tank on Friday to offer sustainable solutions to the issue of urban food deserts in Minneapolis.
Food deserts are areas where people cannot purchase fresh, affordable produce within one mile of their residence. In fact, Northeast is located in a food desert. Tasked by Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges, these innovative engineers are pitching plans that could be “implemented in any school [or] home.” 
This event is part of an effort by Northeast educators to teach Minnesota science standards from a problem-based perspective. Judging pitches will be Mayor Hodges, Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent Ed Graff and State Senator Jim Carlson, among others. 
What:      Northeast Middle School/Spark-Y Shark Tank
When:     Friday, Jan. 13
                 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. (Superintendent Graff to join at 11 a.m.)
Where:   Northeast Middle School
                 2955 Hayes Street N.E.
                 Minneapolis, MN 55418
For more information on Northeast, visit northeast.mpls.k12.mn.us. Learn more about the Spark-Y program at http://spark-y.org/
NEMS Spark-Y Shark Tank Day
Friday, Jan. 13, 2017
Guest panelists
  • Betsy Hodges – Mayor of Minneapolis
  • Kevin Reich – Ward 1 Council Member, City of Minneapolis
  • Phillipe Cunningham – Senior Policy Aide, City of Minneapolis
  • Jim Carlson – Senator, District 51
  • Ed Graff – Superintendent, Minneapolis Public Schools (coming at 11 a.m.)
  • Jenny Arneson – Treasurer, Minneapolis Board of Education
  • Michael Thomas – Chief of Academics, Learning and Leadership, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Eric Moore – Chief of Accountability, Innovation and Research, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Susanne Griffin – Deputy Chief Academic Officer, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Jackie Hanson – Associate Superintendent for Middle Schools, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Vernon Rowe – Principal, Northeast Middle School
  • Macarre Traynham – Executive Director of Teaching and Learning, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Naomi Taylor – Director for Secondary Education, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Charlene Ellingson – STEM Curriculum Integration Specialist, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Zachary Robinson – Executive Director, Spark-Y
Lunch visitors
  • Kate Seybold – Coordinator for the Farm to School Program, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Bertrand Weber – Director of Culinary and Wellness Services, Minneapolis Public Schools
  • Omar Guevara-Soto – Manger of Food Service Operations, Minneapolis Public Schools
NEMS staff
  • Yosefa Carriger - Partner Science Teacher
  • Kaylee Wiegand –  Partner Science Teacher
Spark-Y staff
  • Rhiannon Dalrymple – Program Director
  • Sarah Jabar – Lead Education Facilitator
  • Rachel Mazac – Education Facilitator
  • Matthew Bork – Intern Facilitator
  • Sarah Pilato – GreenCorp Intern
Agenda for the day
  • 8:30 am          Arrival and settle in
  • 8:40-9:30       First round of Shark Tank pitches 
  • 9:33-10:23     Second Round Shark Tank pitches 
  • 10:23-11:00   Tour of the aquaponics system and participation with students building it with Spark Y Staff
  • 11:00-12:09   Third round Shark Tank pitches 
  • 12:09-1:05      Lunch and culinary and wellness services overview; aquaponics produce taste-test
  • 1:09-1:59        Third round of Shark Tank pitches 
  • 2:00-2:30        Final wrap-up and thank yous