The Rutgers Summer Design Challenge

The NJSBA STEAM Team and the Rutgers Center for Mathematics, Science, and Computer Education have come together to present a series of summer design challenges and problem-solving activities that students and families can do at home. The summer-themed bi-weekly challenges are designed to be fun for the entire family.

Review the challenges: 

The STEAM Tank “at Home” Challenge

STEAM Tank at Home is a series of design challenges and problem-based learning activities that students, parents, and other family members can do that promotes hands-on learning, design-based thinking, and sustainability. This is not the STEAM Tank Challenge competition, which is on temporary hold.

Participants may submit on any week’s challenge at any time. There is no deadline. 

The COVID-19 Family Challenge

For this special challenge, students and families learn how to work together to solve the many real-world problems related totheCOVID-19 pandemic.

STEAM TANK AT HOME – COVID-19 FAMILY CHALLENGE

SCORING RUBRIC & SUPPLEMENTAL TEACHER INFORMATION

Week One: In the first challenge, we explore preparedness and creating a “Maker-in-Place” at home. Watch the  Facebook Live event to learn more.

STEAM TANK AT HOME – PREPAREDNESS

Week Two: Join the STEAM Tank “at Home” Music challenge. Watch the  Facebook Live eventto learn more about the music challenge, and access the challenge below.

STEAM Tank at Home – Music

Week Three: In this challenge, students are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings about what Planet Earth could be like, environmentally, in the year 2030.

STEAM TANK AT HOME – NOTES TO PLANET EARTH

Week Four: Since the first Earth Day in 1970, there have been many wonderful accomplishments toward protecting our environment. School districts and students can play a huge role in Educating for Sustainability, but the real work can begin at home.

STEAM TANK AT HOME – SUSTAINABILITY CAN START AT HOME

Week Five:Much like engineers and designers, artists find inspiration for their work in many different places. What will inspire YOU at home for this week’s challenge?

STEAM TANK AT HOME – DESIGN AND CREATIVITY IN THE HOUSE