WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 13, 2016 – Two of the five National Winners of the 2016 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest will present their projects at the sixth and final White House Science Fair, hosted by President Barack Obama, today.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow winning group from Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. will present their work designing and producing comfortable, cost-effective prosthetic enhancements for U.S. military veterans in their community. The student team from Mission Valley/James Logan High School in Fremont, Calif. will demonstrate their solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles.
“We were so excited to hear that two of our winning schools are able to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Ann Woo, senior director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “We applaud the White House for continuing their commitment to STEM education and celebrating the great work and accomplishments of these students.”
The science fair will feature work by student winners of a broad range of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competitions that have taken place across the United States. At the White House, the winning Solve for Tomorrow teams from California and Colorado will join the other school groups. The President will also announce new commitments in support of the Administration’s “Computer Science for All” and “Educate to Innovate” initiatives.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest challenges students and teachers in every state across the country to work together in using STEM skills to address an issue in their community. The other three Grand Prize Winners hail from Missouri, New York and Virginia. All of the national winners have won $120,000* in Samsung technology to further STEM education at their schools as well as other prizes from Samsung partners including BrainPop, Adobe and Nepris.
Later this month, the winners will travel to Washington, D.C. for an awards luncheon and reception on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. Each school will be recognized by Samsung and their respective Congressional representatives for the impact their project has had on their local community. The five National Winners were selected among more than 4,100 applications from public schools across the U.S.
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About Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created to bridge the technology and science gap among U.S. public school students in grades 6 through 12. Since it was created in 2010, the contest has awarded more than $17 million in technology to more than 1,000 schools nationwide. To learn more about the competition, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/solve.
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About Mission Valley ROP/James Logan High School, California:
Given the exponential use of fossil fuels to charge electric vehicles, the teacher and students from Mission Valley ROP/James Logan High School in Fremont, Calif. sought a solution to use renewable energy to counter the costs. The students designed and constructed a fully-functional solar-powered charging station and put it to use in their Bay Area neighborhood – the region with the highest number of electric vehicles on the roads today. Mission Valley/James Logan High School was selected as the Community Choice Winner during the contest’s first ever social media public voting process, earning more than 12,000 votes on Instagram and Twitter.
About Horizon Middle School, Colorado:
Many students at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colo. have family members that are veterans or active members of the military, and know other residents who have lost limbs while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan that struggle with prosthesis costs. To help their relatives and neighbors, one middle school class designed cost-effective prosthetic enhancements for a local wounded veteran. Horizon Middle School was selected from a panel of judges based on their presentation at the annual Pitch Event at Samsung 837 in New York in March 2016.