The STEAM Tank Challenge, created and sponsored by New Jersey School Board Association (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 NJSBA Workshop 2016, pits student teams in a contest modeled after the “Shark Tank” television show. Student teams create innovative interdisciplinary projects, and present their inventions before a judging panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders, educators, and inventors. At NJSBA Workshop 2017, the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation Senior Manager of Education and Outreach Christine Nick served as a STEAM Tank judge.
Among the thirty finalists Nick viewed were apps that support workplace access for people with disabilities, a compost-based mosquito trap, an environmentally sound running track, and a wearable health monitor for pets. Nick was impressed. “I was enamored of all the projects, but particularly blown away by the Refugee Assimilation Initiative (RAI) presentation.” She continued, “It’s so encouraging to see students developing a social entrepreneurship mindset to begin thinking about some of the big issues currently facing society.”
The Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is honored to have participated in the NJSBA’s STEAM Tank program, and looks forward to continuing to help the state of New Jersey put the “A” in STEAM. The competition winner will be announced at the New Jersey Education Association Conference in November.