Empowering the leaders of today and tomorrow is at the core of what we do at RobustWealth®. This summer our Founder and CEO, Mike Kerins, CFA, FRM, proudly mentored the South Hunterdon Regional School District’s Enrichment students on their quest to reach the STEAM Tank Challenge state finals.
These local students from Lambertville Public School and West Amwell Elementary School have already won the regional competitions for their innovations as part of the program.
According to their website:
“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 students are required to develop their prototype as well as produce a strategy for marketing their innovations. The plan must include a detailed cost analysis for development, a persuasive product pitch and proof of potential funding as well as interest in the product.
Recently, the students met with Mike to learn more about how we inspire innovation at RobustWealth, to take a tour of our current office, as well as get a sneak peek at our new space (stay tuned!).
Later, they spoke with Mike about his real-life experiences as an innovator and what he’s learned firsthand throughout his career. The students presented their innovations to Mike and received direct feedback. The projects include; Tiny Foldable House, Food of the Future, Skunderpants, and PurePot. The teams will give their final innovation presentations at the state-wide competition in Atlantic City, NJ this October. Stay tuned to find out how they do!