Samsung Names 250 Classrooms as State Finalists in $2 Million* National STEM Contest
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. – November 28, 2018 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc. today announced the 250 state finalists in the 9th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest in which teachers and students have a chance to win a share of $2 million* in technology and school supplies. The nationwide competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities.
This year, teachers nationwide submitted creative and strategic proposals to solve current issues, such as school shootings, vaping, lead in water, accessibility and bullying.
“We are again humbled by the passion of classrooms all across the country to create lasting change in their communities,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest submissions reflect the pulse of the nation’s students as well as a broad geographic span of the country. We look forward to seeing how their STEM projects unfold in the coming months.”
Five schools from each state** were selected as state finalists from a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide. Each state finalist will receive a Samsung tablet for their classroom and has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.
“I love participating in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest because the whole concept of the challenge is helping others and making our world a better place,” said Tate Rector, a teacher at Beebe Junior High School in Arkansas, an Arkansas state finalist in this year’s competition and a 2017 national finalist. “That is what we hope these young engineers are going to do when they become adults and I think it is awesome that Samsung encourages them to start thinking about it at such a young age.”