Fifteen Public Schools Named as National Finalists in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Fifteen Public Schools Named as National Finalists in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest Fifteen public schools from across the country – Washington, D.C., Florida, Idaho, Maine, Maryland, Montana, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Jersey, Nevada, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington – have won $35,000* in technology as national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, the company's commitment to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across America.

As part of the final phase of the contest, these 15 schools will be invited to present their projects in person at the South by Southwest Education Conference (SXSWedu) in Austin on March 3. Three grand prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges; a fourth will be chosen by Samsung employees; and a fifth, the Community Choice Award winner, will be determined by public online voting. The grand prize winners receive $140,000* in technology and an invitation to a special awards ceremony on April 16 in Washington, D.C.

Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until 11:59 p.m. EST, March 14, 2014, at

“We congratulate these winners on the quality and creativity of their projects,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America. “Not only have they impressed us with what they are capable of, they have made us very excited about what they will accomplish in the future by harnessing the STEM skills and community-based learning they have gained from participating in this contest.”

Now in its fourth year, more than 2,300 schools from across the country applied to this contest. Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow to get students and teachers excited about STEM by challenging them to apply their classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community. Some of the unique ways they have done this is analyzing crime data to find the safest routes to school in an urban community and helping restore the health of a local bay through an oyster reef.

Since 2004, Samsung's education programs have contributed more than $13 million* in technology to more than 500 public schools in the United States. Samsung continues to support children's education by providing tools that empower young people to learn through a variety of STEM initiatives, including the company's Mobile Application Academies and a partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).

You can download the 15 national finalist videos via the links below.

School       City, State       Video Submission

Howard Dilworth

Woodson STEM High School

      Washington, D.C.

G.W. Carver Middle School       Miami, FL

Sandcreek Middle School       Ammon, ID

Frank H. Harrison Middle School       Yarmouth, ME

Worcester Technical High School       Newark, MD

Sunburst Jr. High School       Sunburst, MT

New Bridge Middle School       Jacksonville, NC

King Science and Technology Magnet Center       Omaha, NE

Oliver Street School       Newark, NJ

Elko Institute for Academic Achievement       Elko, NV

El Reno High School       El Reno, OK

Academy at Palumbo       Philadelphia, PA

Vermillion Middle School       Vermillion, SD

Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School       Nashville, TN

East Valley High School       Yakima, WA



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