The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, encourages students in the areas of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math. Launched at Workshop 2016, the STEAM Tank Challenge pits student teams against each other in a contest modeled after the “Shark Tank” television show. Teams brainstorm and create innovative projects, and present their inventions before a judging panel of entrepreneurs, business and education leaders.

The best concepts will be selected to compete  in three regional competitions. In each region, 15 elementary school (grades K-6), 15 middle school (grades 7-8), and 15 high school (grades 9-12) teams will face off against each other. Dates and locations for each region appear below.

  • South Jersey Regionals, March 23, 2018, Blackwood Army Reserve Center, 390 S Woodbury-Turnersville Rd., Blackwood
  • Central Jersey Regionals, March 16, 2018, at Camp Evans, Wall Township
  • North Jersey Regionals, April 14, 2018, at the New Jersey Institute of Technology

Once a team, consisting of two to five students, submits an application and their concept is accepted, the teacher/team leader will receive access to the STEAM Tank playbook, which contains detailed information for the teams and strategies for the challenge.

Six winners from each grade bracket in each region—54 in total— will advance and compete at the STEAM Tank finals to be held October 23rd and 24th during the Annual Workshop conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Winners will be announced at the NJEA Convention in November, 2018.

There are three levels for STEAM Tank – elementary, middle and high school. Each level has a first ($2,500), second ($1,500), and third ($1,000) place prize.

Watch the full playlist of STEAM Tank Challenge presenters at Workshop 2017.

Enter the challenge today! Submit an application online. The deadline for receiving completed application forms is Friday, February 9, 2018. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the NJSBA and the U.S. Army’s decision by February 16, 2018. There is a $99 entrance fee per team for teams advancing to the regional finals.

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