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. The highly successful program, launched at Workshop 2016, pits student teams in a contest modeled after the “Shark Tank” television show. Teams create innovative projects, and present their inventions before a judging panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and inventors.

STEAM Tank 2017 will now expand to include three regional competitions, in which 15 K-8 schools and 15 9-12 schools will face off in each region. Dates and locations of the regional competitions are as follows:

  • Southern Region – May 5
    Blackwood Reserve Center, Blackwood
  • Central Region – May 12
    MG Williams S. Stryker USARC, Trenton
  • Northern Region – May 13
    New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), Newark

Six winners from each grade bracket in each region — 36 in total — will advance and compete at the STEAM Tank finals to be held Oct. 24 and 25, during the Workshop 2017 conference at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

Application Process Entries for the 2017 competition are now being accepted online via the STEAM Tank Regional Application. The deadline for receiving completed application forms is Friday, March 17, 2017. Those submitting proposals will be notified of the NJSBA and the U.S. Army’s decision by March 31, 2017. There is a $99 entrance fee per team for teams advancing to the regional finals.

For additional information or clarification please email steamtank@njsba.org.

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