Samsung US awards 10 Finalists $50,000 in classroom technology in the 12th Annual Solve for Tomorrow Contest
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Samsung Electronics America, Inc., announced the 10 National Finalist schools in the 12th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide education competition which challenges students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to address local issues and inspire change in their communities. Each National Finalist will receive $50,000 in Samsung technology and classroom supplies and will pitch their project to a panel of judges for a chance to be named a National Winner. The 10 National Finalist classrooms in this year’s competition were selected for their determination and ingenuity in addressing some of the most critical issues facing the country today, including sustainability, public health and accessibility.

Since December, 100 schools across the country have been developing their prototypes, apps and project videos to showcase how they plan to address issues of national importance while keeping sustainability in mind. Student representatives from the 10 National Finalist classrooms will present their project to a panel of judges in hopes to being named one of three National Winners and take home $100,000 total in Samsung technology and classroom supplies.

“The students that participate in this program are fearless and continue to tackle some of the greatest national issues like sustainability and accessibility with the most innovative and creative solutions we’ve seen to date,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “From coast to coast, these students have taken charge of their future and we’re proud to see how they have creatively bridged STEM and social impact. We’re thankful to stand with and support another class of Solve for Tomorrow teachers and students as they set out to make an impact in their own – communities and the world.”

In addition to competing for the grand prize title, classrooms can win additional prizes as follows.

The public can elect one Community Choice Winner from the pool of National Finalists to receive an additional $10,000 for their school, using online voting. Those interested in casting their vote for the Community Choice winner can vote for their favorite school and project here. Voting is permitted once a day until Saturday, April 23.

Additionally, National Finalists are also eligible to win another $10,000 for being named the Samsung Employee Choice Award winner, which is determined by Samsung employee voting. These award winnings are in addition to the National Finalist and National Winner prize packages.

For the first time, Samsung has partnered with the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) for the Solve for Tomorrow Sustainability Innovation award, furthering Samsung’s commitment to sustainability. One Environmental Sustainability winner will be chosen by a committee of judges to win a $10,000 energy efficient Samsung technology prize package of products to help bring their project idea to life.

As part of Samsung’s guiding vision of ‘Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People’, Solve for Tomorrow launched in 2010 to encourage innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and teamwork to address the most pressing issues impacting society. Today, the competition fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving, anchored in problem-based learning. For the past decade, Samsung has awarded $20 million in technology and classroom materials to more than 2,500 public schools in the United States.

To learn more about the National Finalist schools, please visit www.samsung.com/solve or follow on Instagram @SolveForTomorrow.

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