Up to $2 million in classroom technology and supplies are available to US public school teachers as Samsung continues its annual Solve for Tomorrow competition. The competition challenges US students in grades 6-12 to use STEM to create innovative, sustainable solutions that transform local communities. Now through November 29, 2022, US public school teachers can apply for this year’s program and submit an application that empowers students to inspire real-world change and address some of society’s most critical issues through problem-based learning.
Under the corporate mission “Together for Tomorrow! Enabling People” empowers Samsung the next generation to reach their full potential and drive positive social change. To underscore the commitment to sustainability, this year’s competition will evaluate projects based on short- and long-term environmental impacts, increasing the value of its Sustainability Innovation Award to $50,000.
“The issues students care about are evolving, and Samsung is committed to adapting to meet these changemakers where they are through the Solve for Tomorrow contest,” said Michelle Crossan-Matos, SVP, Corporate Marketing, Citizenship & Communications Officer at Samsung Electronics America, in a statement. “At Samsung, we focus on the intersection of sustainability and innovation, and we recognize that energy technology is having a significant impact on our world. We challenge this year’s applicants to find topics they are passionate about and see firsthand the true impact STEM can have to better their community and the planet. We are delighted to see the diverse projects students come up with each year and excited to see what innovations the 13th century will bring to the tableth annual competition”.
Solve for Tomorrow is giving away $2 million in technology and supplies to classrooms across all states, including Washington, DC, as they progress through the stages of the competition, all redeemable through DonorsChoose.org. As part of its sustainability mission, Samsung will encourage schools to select Samsung Energy Star products as part of their packages. Once lesson plans are submitted by the November deadline, schools will have the opportunity to proceed with the following phases:
- 300 state finalists from the pool of entries will receive a prize package of US$2,500
- 50 state winners will receive a Samsung Video Kit to aid in video development and $12,000 in Samsung technology and accessories to use in the classroom
- One of the 50 state-winning schools will be selected as the winner of the Sustainability Innovation Award to win an additional $50,000 prize package for green educational technology.
- From there, 10 national finalist schools are selected to participate in the pitch event where they present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, seven of these schools will receive $50,000 in technology and supplies, while the remaining three will be named National Grand Prize winners.
- 3 schools that win the national grand prize will each receive $100,000 for classroom technology and supplies
- Of the top ten schools, 1 Community Choice winner will also be determined by online public voting and will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology, and 1 Employee Choice winner will be selected by Samsung employees who, in addition to their technology received $10,000 national prize
“The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest has not only taught my students valuable classroom lessons through hands-on learning, but has helped change the course of their lives,” Harry Preston, teacher at Green Street Academy and a 2022 national finalist, said in a statement . “This competition instilled in them a sense of entrepreneurship and a desire to change the face of STEM from a representation standpoint. It was incredible to be with them as they experience firsthand their power to create change in the world.”
Solve for Tomorrow was launched in 2010 to encourage innovative thinking, creative problem solving and teamwork to address the most pressing issues affecting society. Today, the competition encourages critical thinking and creative problem solving, anchored in problem-based learning. Over the past decade, Samsung has provided $20 million in technology and educational materials to more than 3,500 public schools across the United States.