Samsung ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ Contest Awards U.S. Schools for STEM Solutions
Samsung Electronics America this month announced five National Grand Prize Winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a national competition that challenges public school students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to address real-world change in their communities. Each National Winner school will receive $100,000 in technology and supplies to meet the needs of their classrooms.
The five winners were selected following the competition’s first-ever Virtual Pitch Event, where students and teachers collaborated remotely to virtually present their STEM projects to a panel of judges. From recycling and sustainability to child safety and wildlife prevention, each National Grand Prize Winner responded to an issue that is impacting their local communities, developing creative STEM innovations using problem-based learning throughout the academic school year.
“For the past 10 years, Solve for Tomorrow has encouraged students to identify the issues facing their communities and we are proud of the work these students have done to take action,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America, in the announcement statement.
The five National Winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest are: Dougherty Valley High School – San Ramon, CA; Downtown Doral Charter Upper School – Doral, FL; Fairfield High School – Fairfield, OH; North Carolina School of Science and Math – Durham, NC; and Omro High School – Omro, WI.
In addition to the five National Winners, Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Kentucky, was named this year’s Community Choice Winner for generating the most public votes online for their device to help mobility-impaired students escape a multi-level building in a fire, and an app to alert school officials of their location.