Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, the company’s commitment to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across America. Each winner will receive Samsung products and Adobe software to compete in the next phase of the competition as well as a total of at least $20,000* in technology.
“We congratulate these winners,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “The creativity and quality of these projects has raised the level of this competition to new heights. We are very encouraged by what we’ve seen from these participants. Not only are we excited to see these projects come to life but also how these young people will use STEM after this contest to improve their own futures as well as the wider world.”
The 51 state winners, listed at the end of this announcement, were chosen from more than 2,300 applicants. Their ideas ran the gamut from reducing pollution with bicycles made from bamboo to finding the safest routes to school in an urban community to compelling government action to remove carcinogens in the community.
Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow in 2010 to get students and teachers excited about STEM by challenging them to apply their classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community. This year, Solve for Tomorrow has doubled the value of the prize packages from last year.
In the next stage of the competition, the state winners will submit a short video documenting their project from which 15 national finalists will be chosen. From those 15, five national winners will be selected - three by a panel of judges, one by Samsung employees and one by public online voting that will take place from February 14 to March 13, 2014. The 15 national finalists will each receive a technology package valued at $35,000*; the five national winners will each receive one valued at $140,000* and be honored in April 2014 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Since 2004, Samsung’s education programs have contributed more than $13 million* in technology to more than 500 public schools in the United States. Samsung continues to support children’s education by providing tools that empower young people to learn through a variety of STEM initiatives, including the company’s Summer Science Camps, Mobile Application Academies and a partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
The 51 state winners are as follows:
Alaska Akiuk Memorial School
Alabama Mckee Middle School
Arizona Imagine School at Avondale Middle School
Arkansas Cedar Ridge High School
California Foothill High School
Colorado Evergreen High School
Connecticut Six to Six Magnet School
Delaware Paul M. Hodgson Vo-Tech
Florida G.W. Carver Middle School
Georgia Camden County High School
Hawaii Kailua High School
Idaho Sandcreek Middle School
Illinois Olympia Middle School
Indiana Penn High School
Iowa Glenwood High School
Kansas Oxford Jr/Sr High School
Kentucky Powell County High School
Louisiana Simsboro High School
Maine Frank H. Harrison Middle School
Maryland Worcester Technical High School
Massachusetts Nauset Regional High School
Michigan Northwestern Middle School
Minnesota Coon Rapids High School
Mississippi St Martin High School
Missouri Hazelwood Central High School
Montana Sunburst Jr. High
Nebraska King Science and Technology Magnet Center
Nevada Elko Institute for Academic Achievement
New Hampshire Hillside Middle School
New Jersey Oliver Street School
New Mexico Mescalero Apache School
New York High School of Computers and Technology
North Carolina New Bridge Middle School
North Dakota Ely Elementary School
Ohio Buckeye Trail High School
Oklahoma El Reno High School
Oregon Eddyville Charter School
Pennsylvania Academy at Palumbo
Rhode Island Lincoln High School
South Carolina Irmo High School
South Dakota Vermillion Middle School
Tennessee Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
Texas Carroll High School
Utah Jordan High School
Vermont Main Street Middle School
Virginia Plaza Middle School
Washington East Valley High School
Washington, D.C. Howard Dilworth Woodson STEM High School
West Virginia Robert L. Bland Middle School
Wisconsin Juda High School
Wyoming Wyoming Indian Middle School
To learn more about the contest or past winners, please visit www.samsung.com/solve.
To download B-roll of students using Samsung technology, please go to https://silo.mediasilo.com/quicklink/D3B0BFEB0CBCB8724553651169ACC7BE.
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