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300 Schools Advance in Samsung’s National STEM Competition


Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the 300 State Finalists in the annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million* nationwide competition that challenges students to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to address a community challenge. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this 2019-2020 school year, the competition fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving skills among thousands of students across the country as 6-12 grade classrooms are tasked with solving a challenge impacting their community.This year, teachers nationwide submitted creative and strategic proposals to solve current problems, such as environmental issues, reducing the carbon footprint, mental health, vaping and student safety. Throughout the next month, each of the 300 State Finalists will engage their community and conduct field visits to gain firsthand knowledge of the issue, evolving their initial proposals into a detailed project plan to be executed this school year.

“Since launching the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a decade ago, we’ve seen students tackle some of the biggest issues facing their generation and this year is no different,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “From suicide prevention to single use plastic alternatives, teachers and students are stepping up to creatively address these important issues head-on. We’re thrilled to congratulate the State Finalists of the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and look forward to seeing these STEM projects progress in the coming months.”

Selected from a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, the 300 State Finalists will each receive a Samsung tablet for their classroom. Each State Finalist also has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. The remaining phases of the competition include:

  • 100 State Winner schools will advance in the contest and receive $15,000 in technology and classroom materials as well as a video kit to help showcase their project.
  • 20 National Finalist schools will be selected to travel to the pitch event in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, schools will receive $50,000 in technology and classroom materials.
  • Five National Grand Prize-winning schools will receive $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, and a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to members of Congress.
  • Public voting will also determine one Community Choice winner from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology.

In celebration of the 10th year of Solve for Tomorrow, Samsung expanded the program to award more schools and provide more resources – including increasing the prize pool by $1 million. Previously, the contest awarded 250 State Finalists – five schools from each state. This year, 50 additional schools have been named State Finalists, with at least five schools recognized as State Finalists in each state.**

Schools from across the U.S., from Alaska to Florida, answered the call for submissions in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, including submissions from several academies for young women as well as a specialty school for the deaf and blind.

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.

For a full list of state finalist schools, please visit or follow on Instagram @SolveForTomorrow. For official rules and judging criteria, click here.

School NameSchool CitySchool State
Nenana City SchoolNenanaAK
Ryan Middle SchoolFairbanksAK
Chugiak High SchoolChugiakAK
Tanana Middle SchoolFairbanksAK
Mt. Edgecumbe High SchoolSitkaAK
North Pole Middle SchoolNorth PoleAK
Sheffield High SchoolSheffieldAL
Northridge Middle SchoolTuscaloosa AL
Florence High SchoolFlorenceAL
Fairhope Intermediate SchoolFairhopeAL
Haleyville Center of TechnologyHaleyvilleAL
Hartselle High SchoolHartselleAL
Hewitt-Trussville High SchoolTrussvilleAL
Hoover High SchoolHooverAL
Lakeside High SchoolHot Springs AR
Central High SchoolLittle RockAR
Beebe Junior High SchoolBeebeAR
George Junior High SchoolSpringdaleAR
Don Tyson School of InnovationSpringdale AR
Sonora Middle SchoolSpringdaleAR
Snowflake Junior High SchoolSnowflakeAZ
Blue Ridge Junior High SchoolLakesideAZ
Sacaton Middle SchoolSacatonAZ
Academy of Math and Science Desert SkyPhoenixAZ
Academy of Math and Science Desert SkyPhoenixAZ
Sierra Verde Elementary SchoolGlendaleAZ
Dougherty Valley High SchoolSan RamonCA
Weber InstituteStocktonCA
Port of Los Angeles High SchoolSan PedroCA
Cordova High SchoolRancho CordovaCA
Alameda High SchoolAlamedaCA
Santiago High SchoolCoronaCA
Palm Middle SchoolMoreno ValleyCA
Chawanakee Academy CharterO'NealsCA
Garey High SchoolPomonaCA
Isaac Newton Graham Middle SchoolMountain ViewCA
North Hollywood Senior High SchoolNorth HollywoodCA
Foothill High SchoolPleasantonCA
Westminster High SchoolWestminsterCA
Burlington High SchoolBurlingtonCO
Center High SchoolCenterCO
Casey Middle SchoolBoulderCO
Northglenn High SchoolNorthglennCO
Pueblo County High SchoolPuebloCO
West Middle SchoolColorado SpringsCO
Enfield High SchoolEnfieldCT
East Lyme High SchoolEast LymeCT
Ponus Ridge Middle SchoolNorwalkCT
Waterbury Career AcademyWaterburyCT
Shepaug Valley SchoolWashingtonCT
Millsboro Middle SchoolMillsboroDE
Concord High SchoolWilmingtonDE
Sussex Central High SchoolGeorgetownDE
Brandywine High SchoolWilmingtonDE
Newark Charter SchoolNewarkDE
International Studies Preparatory AcademyCoral GablesFL
Imagine Schools Lakewood RanchBradentonFL
iPrep AcademyMiamiFL
Young Men's Preparatory AcademyMiamiFL
Northeast High SchoolOakland ParkFL
Downtown Doral Charter Upper SchoolDoralFL
Strawberry Crest High SchoolDoverFL
Coretta Scott King Young Women's Leadership AcademyAtlantaGA
Meadowcreek High SchoolNorcrossGA
Marietta High SchoolMariettaGA
Richmond Hill Middle SchoolRichmond HillGA
Cooper Middle SchoolAustellGA
Kauai High SchoolLihueHI
Waiakea High SchoolHiloHI
Maui Waena Intermediate SchoolKahuluiHI
Moanalua High SchoolHonoluluHI
Kalani High SchoolHonoluluHI
Sioux City Career AcademySioux CityIA
Ottumwa High SchoolOttumwaIA
Lewis Central Middle SchoolCouncil BluffsIA
Central High SchoolDavenportIA
Wilton Junior Senior High SchoolWiltonIA
Oakley Junior Senior High SchoolOakleyID
Emmett High SchoolEmmettID
Vision Charter SchoolCaldwellID
Ernest Hemingway STEAM SchoolKetchumID
Vision Charter SchoolCaldwellID
Frazier International Magnet SchoolChicagoIL
Woodlawn Middle SchoolLong GroveIL
Monticello Middle SchoolMonticelloIL
Community District 99 - South High SchoolDowner GroveIL
Willowbrook High SchoolVilla ParkIL
Guion Creek Middle SchoolIndianapolisIN
Maconaquah Middle SchoolBunker HillIN
Goshen High SchoolGoshenIN
Center Grove High SchoolGreenwoodIN
Richmond High SchoolRichmondIN
Gardner Edgerton High SchoolGardnerKS
Garden City High SchoolGarden CityKS
Jackson Heights High SchoolSoldierKS
Goddard High SchoolGoddardKS
Fredonia Junior Senior High SchoolFredoniaKS
Maize High SchoolMaizeKS
Marshall County High SchoolBentonKY
Daviess County High SchoolOwensboroKY
Ashland Middle SchoolAshlandKY
Pikeville High SchoolPikevilleKY
Paul G. Blazer High SchoolAshlandKY
Barren County High SchoolGlasgowKY
Haynes Academy School for Advanced StudiesMetairieLA
Central Middle SchoolGonzalesLA
Livonia High SchoolLivoniaLA
Edna Karr High SchoolNew OrleansLA
Southern University Lab SchoolBaton RougeLA
ENLACE at Lawrence High SchoolLawrenceMA
Randolph Community Middle SchoolRandolphMA
Southbridge Middle SchoolSouthbridgeMA
Acton-Boxborough Regional High SchoolActonMA
KIPP Academy Lynn Charter SchoolLynnMA
Columbia Heights Education CampusWashington D.C.MD
Applications and Research LaboratoryEllicott CityMD
North East Middle SchoolNorth EastMD
Baltimore Leadership School for Young WomenBaltimoreMD
James McHenry Elementary & Middle SchoolBaltimoreMD
Green Street AcademyBaltimore MD
Noble Middle SchoolNorth BerwickME
Frank H. Harrison Middle SchoolYarmouthME
Saco Middle SchoolSacoME
Scarborough Middle SchoolScarboroughME
Noble High SchoolNorth BerwickME
Holt Senior High SchoolHoltMI
Troy High SchoolTroyMI
Comstock STEM AcademyKalamazooMI
Washtenaw International Middle AcademyYpsilantiMI
Schoolcraft High SchoolSchoolcraftMI
New Century AcademyHutchinsonMN
Washington Technology Magnet SchoolSt. PaulMN
Byron Middle SchoolByronMN
Edgerton Elementary SchoolMaplewoodMN
Shakopee Senior High SchoolShakopeeMN
Bakersfield High SchoolBakersfield MO
Monett Middle SchoolMonett MO
Hixson Middle SchoolWebster GrovesMO
Republic Middle SchoolRepublicMO
Holden Middle SchoolHoldenMO
Center Middle SchoolKansas CityMO
Gulfport High SchoolGulfportMS
North Panola Vocational Comp ComoMS
Neshoba Central Middle SchoolPhiladelphiaMS
Warren Central High SchoolVicksburgMS
Ackerman Elementary SchoolAckermanMS
New Albany Middle SchoolNew AlbanyMS
Montana School for the Deaf and the BlindGreat FallsMT
Lewistown Junior High SchoolLewistownMT
Polson Middle SchoolPolsonMT
Hellgate High SchoolMissoulaMT
Simms High SchoolSimmsMT
Whitefish MIddle SchoolWhitefishMT
Thomas Jefferson Middle SchoolWinston-SalemNC
Swann Middle SchoolGreensboroNC
East Duplin High SchoolBeulavilleNC
North Carolina School of Science and MathDurhamNC
Sallie B. Howard SchoolWilsonNC
Holly Grove Middle SchoolHolly SpringsNC
New Town Middle SchoolNew TownND
Northern Cass High SchoolHunterND
Northern Cass High SchoolHunterND
Valley Middle SchoolGrand ForksND
Northwood High SchoolNorthwoodND
Weeping Water High SchoolWeeping WaterNE
Bryan High SchoolOmahaNE
Chase County High SchoolImperial NE
Gering High SchoolGeringNE
Dawes Middle SchoolLincolnNE
Elm Street Middle SchoolNashuaNH
Pembroke AcademyPembrokeNH
Merrimack Valley High SchoolPenacookNH
Gorham High SchoolGorhamNH
Nashua High School SouthNashuaNH
Hasbrouck Heights Middle SchoolHasbrouck HeightsNJ
Bergenfield High SchoolBergenfieldNJ
Thirteenth Avenue SchoolNewarkNJ
PS 28 Christa McAuliffeJersey CityNJ
School 8PatersonNJ
Belleville High SchoolBellevilleNJ
Wallington Junior Senior High SchoolWallingtonNJ
Henry Hudson Regional SchoolHighlandsNJ
Emil A. Cavallini Middle SchoolUpper Saddle RiverNJ
Bayonne High SchoolBayonneNJ
Santa Teresa High SchoolSanta TeresaNM
Mescalero Apache High SchoolMescaleroNM
Ojo Amarillo Elementary SchoolFruitlandNM
Taos Academy TaosNM
Capitan High SchoolCapitanNM
Foothill High SchoolHendersonNV
Edward C. Reed High SchoolSparksNV
Lied STEM AcademyLas VegasNV
James Cashman Middle SchoolLas VegasNV
Ed W. Clark High SchoolLas VegasNV
Gregorio Luperon High School for Science and MathematicsNew YorkNY
Brentwood High SchoolBrentwoodNY
Wellsville Secondary SchoolWellsvilleNY
Digital Arts & Cinema Technology High SchoolBrooklynNY
Niagara Falls High SchoolNiagara FallsNY
North Rockland High SchoolThiells NY
Liberty Avenue Middle SchoolBrooklynNY
Community Health Academy of the HeightsNew YorkNY
Bayside High SchoolBaysideNY
Orchard Park Middle SchoolOrchard ParkNY
Paul D. Schreiber Senior High SchoolPort WashingtonNY
Chesapeake High SchoolChesapeake OH
Fairfield High SchoolFairfieldOH
Beachwood High SchoolBeachwoodOH
Green High SchoolUniontownOH
Shaw High SchoolEast ClevelandOH
Carl Albert Middle SchoolMidwest CityOK
Wewoka Middle SchoolWewokaOK
Hugo Middle SchoolHugoOK
Gracemont High SchoolGracemontOK
Cache High SchoolCacheOK
West Salem High SchoolSalemOR
Ponderosa Middle SchoolKlamath FallsOR
Clear Creek Middle SchoolGreshamOR
Sisters Middle SchoolSisters OR
St. Helens Middle SchoolSt. HelensOR
South Hills Middle SchoolPittsburgh PA
Tunkhannock Middle SchoolTunkhannockPA
Central Mountain High SchoolMill HallPA
Linglestown Middle SchoolHarrisburgPA
Berwick High SchoolBerwickPA
Cochranton Junior Senior High SchoolCochranton PA
Mt. Hope High SchoolBristolRI
Lincoln Senior High SchoollincolnRI
Davies Career-Tech High SchoolLincolnRI
Nathanael Greene Middle SchoolProvidenceRI
Middletown High SchoolMiddletownRI
Mid-Carolina Middle SchoolProsperitySC
Nation Ford High SchoolFort MillSC
Ocean Bay Middle SchoolMyrtle BeachSC
Military Magnet AcademyNorth CharlestonSC
Hillcrest Middle SchoolDalzellSC
Richland Two Institute of InnovationColumbiaSC
Starr-Iva Middle SchoolStarrSC
Oldham-Ramona High SchoolRamonaSD
Newell Middle School NewellSD
Edmunds Central High SchoolRoscoeSD
Watertown High SchoolWatertownSD
Mitchell Middle SchoolMitchellSD
Central Magnet SchoolMurfreesboroTN
Cleveland High SchoolClevelandTN
Oakdale SchoolOakdaleTN
Discovery SchoolMurfreesboroTN
Williamson County SchoolsFranklin TN
Loftis Middle SchoolHixsonTN
Cypress Ridge High SchoolHoustonTX
School of Science and EngineeringDallasTX
Dickinson High SchoolDickinsonTX
George Bush High SchoolRichmondTX
Gilbreath-Reed Career and Technical CenterGarlandTX
Briarhill Middle SchoolHighland VillageTX
Houston AcademyHoustonTX
Sachse High SchoolSachseTX
Porter High SchoolPorterTX
School of Science and TechnologyCorpus ChristiTX
Young Women's Leadership AcademySan AntonioTX
Richfield High SchoolRichfieldUT
Nebo Advanced Learning CenterSalemUT
Mountain Heights AcademyWest JordanUT
West Bountiful Elementary SchoolWest BountifulUT
Jordan Academy for Technology & Careers SouthRivertonUT
Valley Elementary SchoolEdenUT
Great Bridge High SchoolChesapeakeVA
Deep Creek Middle SchoolChesapeakeVA
George P. Phenix Elementary SchoolHamptonVA
Loudoun Valley High SchoolPurcellvilleVA
Halley Elementary SchoolFairfax Station VA
Thomas Hunter Middle SchoolMathewsVA
Harrisonburg High School: Governor's STEM Academy HarrisonburgVA
Harwood Union High SchoolMoretownVT
Burlington High SchoolBurlingtonVT
St. Albans City SchoolSt. AlbansVT
Hartford High SchoolWhite River JunctionVT
Essex High SchoolEssex JunctionVT
Lynden Middle SchoolLyndenWA
Sacajawea Middle SchoolSpokaneWA
Toledo Middle SchoolToledoWA
Ocean Shores Elementary SchoolOcean ShoresWA
Goodman Middle SchoolGig HarborWA
River Valley High SchoolSpring GreenWI
Rhinelander High SchoolRhinelanderWI
Omro High SchoolOmroWI
Wisconsin School For the Blind and Visually ImpairedJanesvilleWI
Washington Island Elementary SchoolWashington IslandWI
Omro High SchoolOmroWI
Morgantown High SchoolMorgantownWV
Pineville Middle SchoolPinevilleWV
Pineville Middle SchoolPinevilleWV
Herbert Hoover High SchoolElkview WV
Wayne High SchoolWayneWV
Wyoming County Career & Technical CenterPinevilleWV
Newcastle High SchoolNewcastleWY
Powell High SchoolPowellWY
CY Middle SchoolCasperWY
Evanston High SchoolEvanstonWY
Central High SchoolCheyenneWY
*$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 Finalist award.

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