Students dive into Shark Tank

Are you scheduled for a vaccination or blood test but can't stand needles?

Are you a diehard Port Adelaide fan who is still outraged by Josh Jenkins' controversial game-winning goal in Showdown XLV?

Do you want a fitness app that not only motivates you to exercise but also cares about your mental health?

Well the students at Edward John Eyre High School have you covered, having solved all these problems and more as part of a unique Shark Tank exercise which concluded last Friday.

The project was part of the school's Career Pathways Program and challenged students to pitch a new piece of technology with a sound business plan behind it to a panel of 'sharks'.

The panel was made up of EJEHS Principal Tricia Richman, Whyalla High School Principal Jenna Hewlett and Stuart High School Principal Sue Burtenshaw.

Student Pathways Leader Sophie Hamlyn said the Shark Tank project was a substitute for the students' normal requirement of completing 50 hours of work placement.

"Because of COVID-19 students were unable to do work experience, so we had to be quite flexible. All the hours they put into this Shark Tank inside and outside of school all go towards that requirement," she said.

"This program has helped students develop those entrepreneurial skills that a lot of universities are looking for."

The winning pitch was made by students Pany Virdi and Jemimah Buya-Ao, who proposed 'Ezy Jab', a device that uses mico needles for vaccinations or blood tests.

Because the needles are minuscule, they avoid hitting the pain receptors in skin and make the entire process pain-free - a dream for those with a fear of needles.

"The micro-needles are attached at the base and we have two counter-parts, one that stores vaccines and another that stores blood," Jemimah said.

"The needles feel like Velcro, it's a very soft touch."

According to the student's business plan the device would cost $300 to create and it would be sold for $400 to ensure they made a profit.

Students Zali Middleton, Priuncess Aguilar and Tia Goldsmith finished in second place with their idea for 'Fitnessed', a fitness app that offers motivation to the user and focuses on also improving their mental health.

In third place was Posty, a sensor inside a goal post that could help determine whether the football had actually touched a goal post during a shot at goal.