Deadline approaches for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest

Published 7:00 am Saturday, November 4, 2017

Local school districts have the opportunity to apply  for the 2017 Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest until Nov. 9.

According to a press release by Business Wire, students will use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address and fix real-world problems. Entrants will have an opportunity to win over $2 million in technology and other prizes.

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According to previous coverage, in 2015 Nicholson Elementary was named one of the five winners of the Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Contest, bringing home an estimated $138,000 in technology and cash for the school.

Nicholson Elementary teacher Maureen Pollitz and her former sixth-grade students and students from the Pearl River County robotics team created a robot, which surveyed the city of Picayune’s storm drains to prevent flooding.

The contest is open to all public school teachers and students from sixth to 12th grade.

The contest consists of five phases, concluding in early April, the release states. During the first phase, teachers complete the entry form in which they explain a challenge the community faces, how students will use STEAM to fix the issue and share the biggest hurdle hindering academic achievement in their school.

Teams that move on to the second phase will receive a Samsung Chromebook and will then be required to submit a plan on how they’ll execute their plan in the classroom.

In the third phase, Samsung will announce 51 state winners, including the District of Columbia, and each of those schools will receive a prize of $25,000 worth of technology. Samsung will also provide a technology kit to the winning schools, so they can produce their presentation video.

Afterwards, Samsung will name 10 national finalists and those schools will win $50,000 in technology and a trip to the final event, where they’ll present their idea to a panel of judges.

In the final stage, three winners will be selected to receive a grand prize of $150,000 in technology for their school.

“Every year, we are in awe of the creative ideas that teachers submit on behalf of their students, representing the issues that matter most to them and their communities,” Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics America said in the release. “We look forward to seeing the innovative entries teachers share this year, and watching many of them take shape through the Solve for Tomorrow program.”

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