National Finalists Announced in the 10th Annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest; Students to Pitch Their Projects at New York City Event
Today, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., announced the 20 National Finalists in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which challenges students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) to inspire change in their communities. Each National Finalist school will receive $50,000* in Samsung technology and classroom supplies, and a trip to New York City to pitch their project to a panel of judges to compete for the grand prize.
Ten years ago, Solve for Tomorrow set out to inspire students through bridging STEM and social impact, and this year’s National Finalists are addressing our nation’s biggest challenges head-on.
For the past few months, hundreds of students from every corner of the country have been building prototypes, apps, machines and more, to address some of the most pressing challenges in their local communities. Tackling issues ranging from sustainability to climate change, the 20 classrooms selected as National Finalists in this year’s contest are shining a light on topics of national importance from the perspective of students who face them at the community level on a daily basis. In celebration of the 10th anniversary, Samsung increased the prize pool by $1 million and awarded twice as many schools the title of National Finalist.
“The world of technology has evolved rapidly over the last decade but the ability to think outside the box and approach problems from new angles continues to be a critical skillset for the next generation. Ten years ago, Solve for Tomorrow set out to inspire students through bridging STEM and social impact, and this year’s National Finalists are addressing our nation’s biggest challenges head-on,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “At Samsung, our guiding vision is ‘Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People,’ through which we are committed to fostering the education of future generations and are ensuring they’re prepared to develop creative solutions in this technology-driven world thanks to the problem-based learning model Solve for Tomorrow promotes.”
Student representatives from the 20 National Finalist schools will travel to New York City to pitch their projects to a panel of judges in the quest to be named one of five National Grand Prize Winners. These five schools will receive $100,000* in technology and classroom supplies for their school along with a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to members of Congress.
The general public will also elect one Community Choice Winner from the pool of National Finalists to receive an additional $10,000* in Samsung technology for their school. Anyone throughout the country can vote online for their favorite school and project. To participate, simply view the videos on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website and cast your vote. Voting is permitted once a day until 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, March 30, 2020.
2019-2020 National Finalists:
|George Junior High School||Springdale, Arkansas||Created a therapeutic virtual reality experience to relieve the symptoms for veterans or other amputees that suffer from limb pain.||https://youtu.be/6btVqRCvp6k|
|Dougherty Valley High School||San Ramon, California||Designed a device to detect and relay information of potential wildfires to local fire departments to help prevent fires, save lives, and reduce carbon emissions.||https://youtu.be/fUeVcKvz0wM|
|Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and Math||New York, New York||Designed a smart helmet and bicycle system to provide real - time information to cyclists about their surroundings to mak e biking safer.||https://youtu.be/Eu40zmpyM5c|