2 Triad schools advance in Samsung’s $3 million national STEM contest

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Six North Carolina schools are moving forward in a contest that could earn them a share of $3 million in technology, according to a news release.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest is a nationwide competition that asks students from 6th grade up to 12th to put their creative and STEM skills to the test to solve real-world problems in their communities.

Swann Middle School in Greensboro and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem will both move forward.

Only four other North Carolina schools advance alongside Swann Middle and Thomas Jefferson Middle. Those include:

  • Sallie B. Howard School in Wilson
  • East Duplin High School in Beulaville
  • Holly Grove Middle School in Holly Springs
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham

These six schools represent North Carolina’s state finalists and stand among 300 state finalists across the nation.

The state finalists now must submit a lesson plan to outline how students plan to tackle local issues using science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics.

“Since launching the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a decade ago, we’ve seen students tackle some of the biggest issues facing their generation and this year is no different,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “From suicide prevention to single-use plastic alternatives, teachers and students are stepping up to creatively address these important issues head-on.

“We’re thrilled to congratulate the State Finalists of the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and look forward to seeing these STEM projects progress in the coming months.”

Coming up next, 100 state winner schools will move on and receive $15,000 in technology, supplies and a video kit to showcase their project.

A group of 20 national finalist schools will each get $50,000 in technology and classroom materials and a chance to present their projects to judges.

A final five grand-prize-winning schools will get $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. to show their work to Congress.

The public will also get to help by choosing the Community Choice winner from among the five finalists. The Community Choice winner could win another $10,000 in technology and supplies.

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