The highly successful, rapidly growing New Jersey School Boards Association STEAM Tank partnership with the U.S. Army welcomed 400 student submissions with 90 teams making it to the finals this year at Workshop 2018 in Atlantic City.
The popularity of the program has been phenomenal. In 2015, the NJSBA’s John Henry, a STEAM and Sustainable School specialist, and the U.S. Army’s George Johnson joined forces to develop STEAM Tank, modeled after the popular television show, Shark Tank. The first year, there were 32 submissions with 17 teams selected to present their ideas and inventions at NJSBA’s Workshop. The second year saw 193 submissions, with 90 teams selected to advance to the regionals, and 37 teams making it to the finals at the NJSBA Workshop.
This year, there were over 400 submissions and 90 teams made it to the finals. Winners were announced at the New Jersey Education Association convention. In the STEAM Tank challenge, students begin to think like entrepreneurs, be creative and reengineer our world with their authentic and innovative solutions.
Below is a video that identifies the award winners in the STEAM Tank Challenge.