RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., December 11, 2017 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America partnered again for the 3rd annual Climate Superstars Challenge. The environmental contest is designed to ignite science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) interest among kids and teens and encourage them to raise awareness about climate change. After completing varying sustainability activities from September 18 to November 5, Club members at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Westfield in Westfield, MA were selected as the grand prize winner of this year’s Samsung Climate Superstars Challenge.
A celebration event was held at the Club to reveal a $10,000 technology makeover to Club members and reward them for their outstanding efforts to increase awareness about climate change within their community. In addition, Samsung awarded $3,000 towards a charity of their choice, benefiting the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund via the Westfield Spanish American Association. Representatives from Samsung and Boys & Girls Clubs of America joined local Club executives in congratulating the winning participants.
“We are so grateful to Samsung for this incredible opportunity,” said Darryll Roberts, Education Director/Torch Club Advisor, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Westfield. “This challenge really gave the kids experiences in conservation, taught them a lot about the environment and the world around them, and made them feel more a part of their global community.”
The Climate Superstars Challenge is the first challenge of its kind that aims to motivate young people to do their part by taking action to help protect the environment. As a part of Boys & Girls Clubs of America‘s strategy to ensure all members graduate from high school STEM ready, the Climate Superstars Challenge works to engage and educate youths ages 11 – 13 in various activities that helps to teach them how their actions can enact positive change in their environment.
“Throughout this challenge we’ve seen these kids being active in their communities and gaining a better understanding of the importance of environmental responsibility and what it means to be good global citizens,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “It’s been a great teaching tool for kids, allowing them to see firsthand the effect that each individual has on impacting the environment.”
The contest required club members to complete tasks centered on core themes such as improving energy-efficiency, conserving water and reducing waste, including identifying energy efficient ENERGY STAR products, planting trees, recycling electronics, and more. Results were captured via an online gaming platform specifically designed for the contest and students were awarded with Samsung products for their outstanding efforts throughout the course of the contest.
For event images and footage from the Samsung Climate Superstars grand prize celebration, visit https://news.samsung.com/us/.
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