Samsung Announces STEM Classroom Challenge

Samsung celebrates former Solve for Tomorrow teachers and students who over the past nine years developed STEM solutions to address issues in their communities at the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow launch event on Sept. 12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. Source: Samsung

Samsung wants to encourage more teachers to incorporate STEM activities into their classrooms. The 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is a competition that provides classrooms with technology and supplies to create projects that serve their local communities.

Teachers are invited to submit applications to participate now through Oct. 23.  Three hundred state schools will be selected as finalists in the first round and those winners will receive a Samsung tablet.  To advance, teachers will submit an activity plan explaining how their projects will be executed.

The pool will be narrowed down to 100 state schools in the second round who will get $15,000 each in technology and supplies. Samsung will also provide a video kit to those classrooms to showcase their individual projects.

Twenty national finalists will be selected to travel to a live pitch event where they will present their projects to a panel of judges.  At a final event, five national grand prize winners will be revealed and each will receive $100,000 in classroom technology and supplies.  The other 15 schools will be awarded $50,000.

The public will get the opportunity to vote for a Community Choice winner, through a video social media contest, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology.

The 2019-200 contest is open to all grade 6 to 12 public school teachers and students. More details about the challenge are available on Samsung's website.

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