Samsung names 300 state finalists in the National Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Samsung Electronics America announced today that 300 public schools across America were finalists in the 13thth annual national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. Representing the cream of more than a thousand contestants, each state finalist won a $2,500 package of technology and school supplies. These finalists advance to additional stages of the competition, culminating in three schools being selected as national winners in May and receiving prize packages worth $100,000. The full list of state finalists can be found here.

The annual Solve for Tomorrow competition challenges public school students in grades 6 through 12 to explore the role that science, technology, engineering and math (the core STEM subjects) play in solving some of the biggest problems in their local communities be able. The competition is designed to encourage students to engage in active, hands-on learning that can be applied to real-world problems – making STEM more tangible and demonstrating its value beyond the classroom.

“As a company and as individuals, STEM is incredibly important to Samsung – we depend on STEM-savvy people to conceive, implement and engage with innovative STEM-related products and services,” noted Michelle Crossan-Matos, Chief Marketing, Citizenship & Communications Officer, Samsung Electronics America. “Between 2019 and 2029, the number of STEM jobs is expected to grow by 8%, a higher rate than non-STEM jobs. But while STEM skills are the key to a 21stSt By the end of the 20th century, we know that national test scores in STEM subjects like math have fallen the most in over 30 years. Solve for Tomorrow was designed to provide schools and teachers with an innovative, problem-based learning approach to STEM education to increase student interest, competency, and diversity in STEM. This new generation of impressive state finalists is proof that we are succeeding.”

Ann Woo, senior director, corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America, noted several significant trends in the program proposals submitted this fall: “The entries submitted each year provide an insight into the concerns and aspirations of this cohort of middle and high school students,” said Woo. “A common theme this year is ‘connecting’ – be it connecting people to people, peer to peer, across generations or even across the globe. In fact, one school’s listing is based on its association with a school in Ukraine — proposing a solution to bring solar power to students in a war-ravaged community. Climate change, school/student safety and mental health are other key issues close to the hearts of this year’s problem solvers.”

“By giving students a voice on real-world issues affecting their communities, they can see firsthand the changes they can make in the world,” said Harry Preston, a computer science teacher at Green Street Academy in Baltimore, this year’s finalist Competition is and a national finalist 2021-2022. “We find that our students become more involved in our classes and look forward to learning new subjects when given the opportunity to learn through the type of hands-on experiences that Solve for Tomorrow provides.”

From the pool of state finalists announced today, state winners will be announced in mid-February 2023.

Next Steps

  • teachers and students respectively state finalist Schools across the country are now being asked to submit lesson plans detailing how their proposed STEM project will address the identified community problem.

  • Based on these plans 50 national winners will be selected to receive a $20,000 prize in technology and supplies and advance to the next phase of the competition. Each state winner also receives a video kit to document their project in action.

    • One of the 50 state winners will also be named Sustainability Innovation Award Winnerand will receive an additional $50,000 prize package for environmentally responsible classroom technology.

  • From these video submissions 10 national finalists are selected to present their project to a jury team. Seven national finalists will each receive a prize package of $50,000 and three national winners will each be awarded the ultimate prize package worth $100,000.

    • One of the 10 national finalists Community Vote Winner will be named by online public voting and will win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology and a Employee Choice Winner are selected by Samsung employees to receive $10,000 worth of technology on top of their national prizes.

For more information on the competition and the phases of the competition, please visit: www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow.

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow was launched in 2010 to encourage innovative thinking, creative problem solving and teamwork to address the most pressing issues affecting society. Today, the competition encourages critical thinking and creative problem solving, anchored in problem-based learning. To date, Samsung has awarded nearly 3,000 public schools across the United States $24 million worth of technology and educational materials. Solve for Tomorrow has been so impactful that it has grown into a prominent global citizenship program for Samsung Electronics, now running in 33 countries worldwide, reaching over 2.1 million students around the world.

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