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  • Top teams in each state were selected for their outstanding activity plan proposals outlining how students will execute their Samsung Solve for Tomorrow project using STEM.
  • Each State Winner school will receive $15,000 in technology and classroom materials and will advance in the contest for the opportunity to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.
  • Over the next two months, State Winners will develop their STEM prototypes and submit a three-minute video that showcases their project in action for a chance to be named one of 20 National Finalist schools in March.

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the 100 State Winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest– a $3 million* nationwide competition that challenges 6-12 grade students to develop solutions using STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to ignite change in their communities. Each State Winner school will receive $15,000 in technology and classroom materials and will advance in the contest for the opportunity to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.

In honor of the contest’s 10thanniversary, Samsung is awarding more schools and providing additional resources, including increasing the prize pool by $1 million. This year, twice as many classrooms are earning the title of State Winner with at least one school in each state** being recognized. Top teams in each state were selected for their outstanding activity plan proposals outlining how students will execute their project using STEM. This year, students and teachers identified issues that are personal to them and critical to their communities, ranging from water quality and recycling to mental health and bullying.

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“Samsung is extremely proud of the evolution of the Solve for Tomorrow platform over the past 10 years: fueling students’ passion and curiosity to tackle issues that affect their communities in unexpected and creative ways,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “Reading the innovative proposals students and teachers have put forth this year exemplifies what we know to be true for every student – that young minds have just as much to teach as they do to learn. Our guiding citizenship vision is ‘Enabling People,’ and we are thrilled to celebrate another year of empowering future innovators to achieve their full potential through STEM learning.”

Over the next two months, State Winners will develop their STEM prototypes and capture their progress using their new Samsung video kit – which includes a Galaxy Note10 smartphone and a Notebook 7 – in addition to their State Winner prize package. Each school will submit a three-minute video that showcases their project in action for a chance to be named one of 20 National Finalist schools in March.

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The top 20 schools will travel to the National Finalist Pitch Event in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, schools will increase their prize to $50,000 in technology and classroom materials. Selected from this pool, five grand prize National Winner schools will receive a total of $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to members of Congress. Additionally, one National Finalist will be selected via public voting as the Community Choice Winner and eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created to encourage innovation among young students while addressing the technology skills gap in classrooms across the country. Since its inception in 2010, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest has awarded $15 million in Samsung technology and classroom materials to more than 2,200 public schools in the United States.

To learn more about the contest, please visit www.samsung.com/solve or follow on Instagram @SolveForTomorrow. For official rules and judging criteria, click here.

2019-2020 Solve for Tomorrow Contest State Winners 

School NameSchool CitySchool State
North Pole Middle SchoolNorth PoleAK
Nenana City SchoolNenanaAK
Sheffield High SchoolSheffieldAL
Northridge Middle SchoolTuscaloosa AL
Florence High SchoolFlorenceAL
Sonora Middle SchoolSpringdaleAR
George Junior High SchoolSpringdaleAR
Beebe Junior High SchoolBeebeAR
Snowflake Junior High SchoolSnowflakeAZ
Blue Ridge Junior High SchoolLakesideAZ
Westminster High SchoolWestminsterCA
Garey High SchoolPomonaCA
Foothill High SchoolPleasantonCA
Dougherty Valley High SchoolSan RamonCA
Cordova High SchoolRancho CordovaCA
Chawanakee Academy CharterO'NealsCA
West Middle SchoolColorado SpringsCO
Ponus Ridge Middle SchoolNorwalkCT
Newark Charter SchoolNewarkDE
Millsboro Middle SchoolMillsboroDE
Young Men's Preparatory AcademyMiamiFL
Northeast High SchoolOakland ParkFL
International Studies Preparatory AcademyCoral GablesFL
Downtown Doral Charter Upper SchoolDoralFL
Richmond Hill Middle SchoolRichmond HillGA
Cooper Middle SchoolAustellGA
Kauai High SchoolLihueHI
Wilton Junior Senior High SchoolWiltonIA
Ottumwa High SchoolOttumwaIA
Vision Charter SchoolCaldwellID
Woodlawn Middle SchoolLong GroveIL
Willowbrook High SchoolVilla ParkIL
Center Grove High SchoolGreenwoodIN
Goddard High SchoolGoddardKS
Gardner Edgerton High SchoolGardnerKS
Barren County High SchoolGlasgowKY
Ashland Middle SchoolAshlandKY
Central Middle SchoolGonzalesLA
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter SchoolLynnMA
ENLACE Lawrence High SchoolLawrenceMA
North East Middle SchoolNorth EastMD
Green Street AcademyBaltimore MD
Saco Middle SchoolSacoME
Comstock STEM AcademyKalamazooMI
Edgerton Elementary SchoolMaplewoodMN
Monett Middle SchoolMonett MO
Neshoba Central Middle SchoolPhiladelphiaMS
Gulfport High SchoolGulfportMS
Montana School for the Deaf and the BlindGreat FallsMT
Lewistown Junior High SchoolLewistownMT
Sallie B. Howard SchoolWilsonNC
North Carolina School of Science and MathDurhamNC
Northern Cass SchoolHunterND
Gering High SchoolGeringNE
Chase County High SchoolImperial NE
Merrimack Valley High SchoolPenacookNH
School 8PatersonNJ
PS 28 Christa McAuliffeJersey CityNJ
Bergenfield High SchoolBergenfieldNJ
Belleville High SchoolBellevilleNJ
Taos AcademyTaosNM
Ojo Amarillo Elementary SchoolFruitlandNM
Mescalero Apache High SchoolMescaleroNM
James Cashman Middle SchoolLas VegasNV
Edward C. Reed High SchoolSparksNV
North Rockland High SchoolThiells NY
Liberty Avenue Middle SchoolBrooklynNY
Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and MathNew YorkNY
Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High SchoolBrooklynNY
Brentwood High SchoolBrentwoodNY
Shaw High SchoolEast ClevelandOH
Green High SchoolUniontownOH
Fairfield High SchoolFairfieldOH
Gracemont High SchoolGracemontOK
Sisters Middle SchoolSisters OR
Clear Creek Middle SchoolGreshamOR
Central Mountain High SchoolMill HallPA
Berwick High SchoolBerwickPA
Lincoln Senior High SchoolLincolnRI
Richland Two Institute of InnovationColumbiaSC
Mid-Carolina Middle SchoolProsperitySC
Hillcrest Middle SchoolDalzellSC
Watertown High SchoolWatertownSD
Cleveland High SchoolClevelandTN
Central Magnet SchoolMurfreesboroTN
Young Women's Leadership AcademySan AntonioTX
Sachse High SchoolSachseTX
Porter High SchoolPorterTX
George Bush High SchoolRichmondTX
Briarhill Middle SchoolHighland VillageTX
Mountain Heights AcademyWest JordanUT
Loudoun Valley High SchoolPurcellvilleVA
Harrisonburg High School: Governor's STEM AcademyHarrisonburgVA
Deep Creek Middle SchoolChesapeakeVA
Essex High SchoolEssex JunctionVT
Goodman Middle SchoolGig HarborWA
Wisconsin School For the Blind and Visually ImpairedJanesvilleWI
Omro High SchoolOmroWI
Wayne High SchoolWayneWV
CY Middle SchoolCasperWY
*$3 million prize is based on an estimated retail value. 
**Includes all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Schools from Maryland and Washington, D.C. were eligible for the Maryland/D.C. State Winner award.
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