Fifteen Public Schools Across the Country Named as Finalists in Samsung’s $1 Million* Solve for Tomorrow Contest

  Fifteen Public Schools Across the Country Named as Finalists in Samsung’s $1
  Million* Solve for Tomorrow Contest

The Community Choice Winner, determined by public online voting, will receive
                           $110,000* in technology

Business Wire

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- February 5, 2013

Fifteen public schools from across the country – Alabama, Arkansas,
California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico,
New York, Utah, Washington, West Virginia – have won $40,000* in technology as
finalists in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, a national competition to
raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

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,
who will be announced at the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in
March, are invited to a special awards ceremony on April 17 in Washington,

Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until 11:59 p.m. EST,
March 4, 2013 at and the Samsung Facebook
Solve tab at

“We are very excited about our finalists and congratulate them for the
creativity and hard work they showed through their entries,” said David Steel,
Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Samsung Electronics North
America. “Solve for Tomorrow provides an opportunity for students and teachers
to apply their creativity and knowledge of science, technology, engineering,
and math to real world environmental issues in their communities. We hope the
challenge of this contest, together with the technology for winning schools,
will help inspire the students of today to become the leaders and innovators
of tomorrow.”

More than 1,600 schools across the country entered the contest that kicked off
in August with an essay response to how  STEM can help the environment in
their community. Seventy-five classrooms - 25 from each of the following three
categories: rural, suburban, urban**– selected as semi-finalists received a
Samsung camcorder, laptop, and Adobe editing software to create videos to
compete in the video phase of the contest that answered the challenge: How can
STEM help improve the environment in your community?

These 15 finalists now have a chance to win one of five grand prizes valued at
$110,000* from Samsung, the Adobe Foundation, and DIRECTV. You can download
each school’s video via the links below.

School                        City/State       Video Submission
Forestview Middle School      Baxter, MN
Edmonson County Middle        Brownsville, KY
High Tech High                San Diego, CA
Freedom High School           Oakley, CA
Franklin High School          Los Angeles, CA
Leewood K-8 Center            Miami, FL
Kennedy Middle School         Natick, MA
Madison Middle School         Madison, WV
Snow Canyon High School       St. George, UT
Athens Middle School          Athens, AL
Arrowhead Park Early College  Las Cruces, NM
Baxterville School            Lumberton, MS
MS 88 / Peter Rouget Middle   Brooklyn, NY
Hot Springs High School       Hot Springs, AK
Klahowya Secondary School     Silverdale, WA

As part of Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s philanthropic initiative
focusing on health, education, and sustainability, Solve for Tomorrow
encourages teachers to engage students in STEM by raising enthusiasm for these
subjects and addressing the technology gap in classrooms. With the top 15
schools each receiving at least $40,000* of technology and the top five
receiving at least $110,000* of technology, the total value of prizes awarded
to participating schools total more than $1 million*.

Sounds bites from John Legend and David Steel and B-roll for the Solve for
Tomorrow program can be downloaded here:

* Estimated Retail Value

** As categorized by the Department of Education with Town included in

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About Samsung Hope for Children

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people to live Smarter Lives. Samsung Hope for Children represents the
company’s philanthropic commitment in the U.S. to help improve children’s
health, education and sustainability. Since 2002, Samsung Electronics America
and its retail and business partners have helped more than 400 schools,
community-based foundations, and charities throughout the U.S. raise awareness
of and funding for their causes. For more information please visit:


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