At JST 2017, Angelica Pichardo gives judge TPD Officer Sean Payne a closeup look at her team's auto cooling product during Competition Day.
Photo credit: Ron Medvescek / Arizona Daily Star

What is JST?

Teams of high school students mentored by local STEM and business professionals work over a 4 week period during the summer to innovate and develop ideas into products to benefit the Tucson community. Following established milestones, they will learn skills to make them successful in industry with lessons focused on:

  • product development
  • engineering processes
  • business/marketing

At the end of the program, these students will present their ideas to a panel of local STEM experts, business leaders, and government officials representing the interests of the Tucson community for a chance to win $1000 - $5000 in scholarships for furthering their education!



Students in the National School Lunch Program are eligible for a reduced price. Please indicate your eligibility status on the application.


Print and fill out the application form and email it to


There is a required team size of 4-5 members.


Winning team as chosen by the Judges/Sharks will receive a grand prize of $5000 that will be divided evenly among the team members.

Students must attend at least 75% of the program dates in order to be eligible for the prize.

Who Can Participate?

All high school students, including seniors graduating Spring '19, but NOT including the incoming freshman class for Fall '19.

2019 Program Schedule & Location


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

6pm - 8pm

KEY EVENT: Innovation Days

Thursday, May 30, 2019
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Location: TBD

JST Program

June 3-27, 2019
(Monday thru Thursday weekly)
Location: TBD

KEY EVENT: Competition Day

Friday, June 28, 2019
Location: TBD​

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Mentors Wanted!

Mentors of both technical and business backgrounds alike will be assigned to a group of students to encourage, assist, and help set them up for success. Mentors will meet with their groups weekly (1-2 hours) to understand the team’s progress and identify gaps to remedy solutions in order to proceed to the next milestone. Mentors will be meeting with the Junior Shark Tank staff in advance for training of JST milestones and learning objectives in order to be as effective as possible.

In addition, the following is expected of each mentor type:

  • Technical/STEM Mentor role
    • Provide technical insight during product lifecycle
    • Provide weekly assessment of team’s product design, development, testing methods, etc. to ensure team is meeting product requirements
    • Encourage best practices to help improve team’s attention to detail and testing effectiveness
  • Business Mentor role
    • Provide business guidance for project management
    • Provide weekly assessment of team’s budget, schedule, risks, etc. to assess how each team will meet milestones
    • Encourage best practices to team’s business plans to better manage their time and resources

If you wish to join the fun or have further questions, please contact David Jones at Let’s make Junior Shark Tank a success!

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