Samsung Awards Technology to 255 Schools Nationwide in First Phase of $2
Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest
Five schools in every state and Washington, D.C., receive technology to
support STEM learning across the country
RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J. -- November 7, 2013
Samsung today announced the 255 state finalists in its nationwide Solve for
Tomorrow contest, a commitment to raise awareness of and interest in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across America. Five winners
from every state will benefit, receiving two Samsung Galaxy® Tabs as well as
the opportunity to advance in the contest and receive additional products and
software from Samsung and program partners DirecTV and Adobe.
“We congratulate this year’s state finalists and are excited to see a variety
of innovative approaches to solving real-life issues in communities across the
country,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics
North America. “By promoting STEM education, we not only help bolster the
economy, but also brighten the future of our children.”
The 255 state finalists, whose details are available at samsung.com/solve,
were chosen from more than 2,300 applicants. This year’s ideas ran the gamut
from harnessing wind energy across the Alaskan tundra to reviving the coral
reefs of the Florida coast—all to address the various needs of local
communities. The diversity and creativity of the entries testify to the great
potential of American students and teachers.
Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow in 2010 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. This year, Solve for
Tomorrow has doubled the value of the prize packages from last year.
In the next stage of the competition, the 255 state finalists will be
evaluated on the lesson plans they submit and 51 state winners (representing
the 50 states plus Washington, D.C.) will be selected. Each state winner will
receive a technology package valued at $20,000*. From that pool of 51, the
public can vote for their favorites from February 14 to March 13, 2014 to
determine the 15 national finalists who will each receive technology packages
valued at $35,000*. The five national winners will each receive a prize
package valued at $140,000* and be honored in April 2014 at an awards ceremony
in Washington, D.C.
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 Summer Science Camps, Mobile Application Academies and a
partnership with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF).
To learn more about the contest or past winners, visit www.samsung.com/solve.
To download the official Solve for Tomorrow program video, go to
https://silo.mediasilo.com/quicklink/0869915FC52F8A72DB5E6ADD109F6FAA or visit
Samsung’s YouTube channel at http://youtu.be/ePyWGxUkabc.
* Estimated Retail Value
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