The STEAM TANK Challenge, created and sponsored by NJSBA and the U.S. Army, encourages New Jersey’s public school students in the areas of STEAM – science, technology, engineering, the arts and math.

The competition will return to Workshop this year, with finals taking place on the Exhibit Floor.

STEAM TANK teams create innovative projects and present their inventions to a judging panel of entrepreneurs, business leaders and inventors. More than 190 teams of K-8 and high school students submitted applications to participate this year, the second year of the competition.

In the spring, 37 regional winners were selected from among 90 school district teams chosen to present at regional competitions. The regional winners will present their inventions to a judges’ panel at Workshop 2017 on Tuesday, Oct. 24 and Wednesday, Oct. 25. Two statewide winners will be selected, one each from the grades K-8 and the grades 9-12 categories.

The STEAM TANK Challenge will take place in the I-STEAM Command Center on the Exhibit Floor. To view the schedule of the STEAM Tank contestants, click here.

Workshop Registration and Pricing School officials should ask their school business administrator to register their districts for Workshop 2017 as soon as possible. The Workshop group registration rate is $1,500, and has been expanded to cover 18 team members (up from 14 team members) including: school board members, business administrator, superintendent, facilities managers, curriculum professionals, IT staff, and other district professionals. The individual member rate is $300 per person. Registration is available online, and must be handled by the school business administrator.

Expanded Travel Waiver The New Jersey Department of Education has expanded the travel waiver to accommodate the additional day of training. The adjusted waiver allows school districts to reimburse eligible board members and staff for overnight accommodations for a maximum of three, rather than two, nights. Individuals whose one-way commute to the Atlantic City Convention Center exceeds 50 miles may obtain reimbursement from their school district, charter school, or Renaissance school project for overnight lodging for Oct. 23, 24, and 25.

On-Site Badge Printing In a switch from previous years, attendee badges will not be sent to school districts in advance of Workshop; this year, attendees will print their own badges at special kiosks outside the Exhibit Hall at the Atlantic City Convention Center.

For updates and more information on Workshop visit the Workshop website.