State Finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest will
compete for $2 Million* Prize Pool by Addressing Local Community Issues
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Representing all 50 states and the nation’s capital, 255 public schools
have advanced as state finalists in the $2 Million* Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition that
challenges students to creatively use STEAM (science, technology,
engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and make
a difference in their local communities.
Five schools from every state and the District of Columbia were selected
from a pool of thousands of schools. The state finalists were chosen
based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated
issues that affect their communities by using STEAM learning. As state
finalists, each classroom will receive one Samsung Galaxy Tab® and the
opportunity to advance in the competition and win additional prizes.
“As a tech company of creative problem solvers, Samsung believes it is
our responsibility to help inspire the next generation of leaders in
STEAM,” said Ann Woo, director of corporate citizenship, Samsung
Electronics America. “Over the years, we’ve seen how Solve for
Tomorrow’s hands-on, community-based learning approach sparks interest
in STEAM subjects and careers. We are thrilled to congratulate this
year’s state finalists and look forward to seeing their projects in the
In the next phase of the contest, the state finalists will submit lesson
plans detailing how they plan to address the challenge they identified
in their community using STEAM skills. As a state finalist, schools will
also select a local nonprofit organization that will receive a donation
from Samsung, if the school is selected as a national winner. Teachers
at each school will have until December 16 to outline how their
classroom will collectively create positive change through STEAM, for
the opportunity to proceed in the following phases of the contest:
From the pool of 255 state finalists, 51 schools will be selected as
state winners, and then 10 will advance as national finalists.
The 10 national finalists will present their projects live to a panel
of judges in New York City in early 2017.
Ultimately, three national grand prize winners and one community
choice winner will be selected in the spring of 2017.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2009 to encourage
innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the
country. Each year, the competition inspires more active, hands-on
teaching and learning among schools nationwide. Since 2004, Samsung has
provided more than $19 million in technology to more than 1,000 public
schools in the United States.
For a full list of State Finalist schools, please visit: www.samsung.com/solve.
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