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School Finalists Named in $2 Million Samsung STEAM Contest
Kentucky Ag Connection - 03/07/2018

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced the 10 national finalists in the 8th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition that challenges students in grades 6-12 to creatively use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities. The 10 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest will receive a minimum of $50,000 in Samsung technology for their school and a trip to the final pitch event in New York City.

This year, students have chosen to focus on issues commonly found in their local communities that also represent nationally relevant needs. The themes of kindness and empathy, health and safety, and environmental solutions led the winning ideas for the finalists, including an app-based outdoor home fire extinguishing sprinkler system to contain wildfires and a device that allows first responders to safely collect hazardous needles left behind by opioid and other drug users. These student inventions show how STEAM learning can take a simple idea to the next level, empowering students to reach a new potential and make a difference.

"Our goal each year is to inspire a new set of students to go beyond what they thought was possible, what they thought they were capable of creating," said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. "These national finalists represent hundreds of students and teachers who have worked determinedly to change the reality of their community as they see it. We are so excited for these ten national finalist schools and the journey that lies for them ahead."

Next, the national finalists will compete before a panel of judges in New York City and three national winners will be named, each receiving a $150,000 Samsung technology grant for their school.

Based on online public voting, a Community Choice winner will also receive an additional $20,000 in Samsung technology for their school. Anyone throughout the country can vote for their favorite school and project. To participate, simply view the videos on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow website, then cast a vote on the website by 11:59 p.m. ET on April 2.

As a new addition to the contest this year, Samsung employees from senior engineers to app developers are volunteering as project mentors and have offered their expertise to all of the 51 state winners. Mentors have committed to host informative webinars, Q&A sessions, one-on-one video-conference conversations and more to help encourage broader thinking and expand on prototype possibilities.

This year's 10 national finalists include Ashland Middle School of Ashland, Ky., where students created a device that allows first responders to safely collect hazardous needles left behind by opioid and other drug users. View the project at Https://youtu.be/FNSY_4tc1M0

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation among young students while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. Since 2001, Samsung has provided more than $60 million to more than 1,200 public schools and community organizations in the United States through its many citizenship initiatives.

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