Why Shark Tank?
My students were immersed in a game design studio over the course of the semester. As a community of game designers, each student learned about individual games from conception to prototype with play testing a central feature of our process. Students were very familiar with each other games so I was looking for a more authentic experience as 'game designers.' What better way to level-up game design!
Student's final 'exam' took place in the format of Shark Tank, the popular TV show. Sharks were a former student (Madison - middle Shark, Lisa Ames - UMW's LMS Canvas Administrator, and Ryan Brazil - now at University of Richmond).
Below is a trailer to give you a sense of how Shark Tank played out in Part Play, Part Game Freshmen Seminar.