The judges call out our group’s name, The Sliding Wall. We look at each other and say, “oh god.” We walk up to the front of the room. My stomach was doing back flips.
We start to introduce ourselves to the stubborn and serious looking judges. I was so nervous and exited that it was kinda starting to get hard to breathe.
Our group’s solution is to make a sliding wall in between classes so there is more space for super unit launches and meeting with large groups of people from our school.
“Hello judges! I am Kim,” I introduce.
“I am Helen,” She followed.
“and I am Jessica.”
“Have you ever wondered how ES students go to those meetings that involve all grade classes cramping into one classroom and still survive to tell the tale?” I ask them.
“Well the truth is, we don’t,” I was hoping that they would just laugh at our joke. Thank goodness they did!
As time went on, clicking through our presentation and saying our script, I was wondering if all this hard work we did for months would actually pay off. I was starting to doubt me and my group as the judges asked hard questions like,”you mentioned how much time it will take to build the wall but you never said anything about how much time it would take to demolish the non-sliding walls.”
The whole day passed, and when we got back to school the next morning, we, or at least me, knew we wouldn’t make it through to the shark tank finale.
Ms. Roxanne came into Mr. Edwards’ classroom and called out the names of the groups that made it through. The Green Wall, Plastic Bottle Garden, Hut of Learning, The Standing Desk, they all made it through! Except for us. For that whole entire day I started to think that our solution was the worst out of all the fifth graders.
The worst part was, the people that didn’t make it through to the finale for the hard work they did. We did hours and MONTHS of work and what did we get? Only a week with no homework! And even with that, SOME PEOPLE STILL HAD TO DO MATH HOMEWORK!!!