10 Schools Across the Country Named Finalists in the $2 Million* Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Students and teachers travel to New York City to pitch their STEM
inventions in the final event

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Today, Samsung Electronics America, Inc., announced the 10 national
finalists in the 9th annual Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow Contest
. The nationwide competition challenges
students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering
and math) skills to address local issues and inspire change in their
communities. Each national finalist school will receive $50,000* in
Samsung technology and classroom supplies, and a trip to the National
Finalist Pitch Event in New York City to compete for the grand prize.

The topics addressed by students around the U.S. are some of the biggest
issues the country is facing today – from reducing the carbon footprint
to securing classrooms during a school shooting. Fifty state winner
schools submitted a three-minute video showcasing how their projects
address a critical community issue, and the top 10 national finalists
were selected for their ingenuity.

“From school safety to climate change, these students experienced
challenges that affect our nation as a whole, but rather than sitting on
the sidelines, they have become changemakers,” said Ann Woo, Senior
Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow challenges students to create high-impact, functional
solutions. Each of these national finalists answered the call beyond our
imaginations, and we look forward to seeing their world-changing STEM
innovations in action this April.”

Student representatives from the 10 national finalist schools will
travel to New York City to pitch their projects to a panel of judges at
Samsung 837 on Monday, April 1 and share their ideas with the public at
the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on Tuesday, April 2. Judges will
select three national grand prize winners who will receive $100,000* in
technology and classroom supplies for their school. At the Intrepid
Museum, the national finalists will join other students and educators,
technologists, and NGO leaders for educational sessions, networking and
demonstrations to further explore the difference STEM can make in their
lives. In addition, all 40 state winner teachers will receive an
invitation to attend and participate in professional development
opportunities and workshops that can impact future STEM projects.

Using social media voting, the general public will also elect one
Community Choice Winner from the pool of national finalists to receive
an additional $10,000* in Samsung technology for their school. Anyone
throughout the country can vote on social media for their favorite
school and project. To participate, simply view the videos on the Samsung
Solve for Tomorrow website
, then cast a vote once a day, before
voting closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on March 27, 2019.

The 10 national finalists in the 9th annual Samsung Solve for
Tomorrow Contest are:

School   City, State   STEM Project   Video
Los Altos High School   Hacienda Heights, California   Constructed an affordable and environmentally-safe trap to combat
the increase in Tiger Mosquitoes carrying incurable diseases


Concord High School   Wilmington, Delaware   Designed assistive learning devices to help students with
disabilities succeed in the classroom


Goddard High School   Goddard, Kansas   Designed a GPS-enabled device for at-risk foster children to contact
authorities in case of an emergency


ENLACE at Lawrence High School   Lawrence, Massachusetts   Designed a device to help prevent natural gas explosions that
recently destroyed local homes


Owensville High School   Owensville, Missouri   Designed a lock to quickly secure a classroom in the event of a
school shooting


Holly Grove Middle School   Holly Springs, North Carolina   Created a smart school bus stop sign to alert drivers before the bus
arrives to help prevent pedestrian accidents


Northern Cass Middle School   Hunter, North Dakota   Developed an app that modernizes the 911 system by using video to
prepare first responders before they arrive on the scene


Fairfield High School   Fairfield, Ohio   Created an app-controlled and solar-powered car defrosting device to
reduce carbon dioxide emissions


Richland Two Institute of Innovation   Columbia, South Carolina   Created electromagnetic door locks and curtains to quickly secure
classrooms in the event of a school shooting


Deep Creek Middle School   Chesapeake, Virginia   Created a website and app for high-need students with poor vision to
access free prescription glasses



Each of the 50 state winners also collaborated with Samsung employees
who volunteered to advise on projects and offer their expertise as
project mentors. These mentors participated in informative webinars, Q&A
sessions, one-on-one Skype conversations, in-person meetings and more to
help expand prototype possibilities.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was launched in 2009 to encourage
innovation among young students while addressing the technology gap in
classrooms across the country. This contest has since provided more than
$23 million in technology to more than 1,700 schools nationwide.

To learn more about the national finalists, please visit www.samsung.com/solve
or follow the contest on Instagram @SolveForTomorrow.
For official rules and judging criteria, click here.

*Estimated Retail Value

About Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Headquartered in Ridgefield Park, N.J., Samsung Electronics America,
Inc. (SEA), is a recognized innovative leader in consumer electronics,
mobile devices and enterprise solutions. A wholly owned subsidiary of
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SEA is pushing beyond the limits of
today’s technology and providing consumers and organizations with a
portfolio of groundbreaking products in appliances, home entertainment,
Internet of Things, mobile computing, smartphones, virtual reality,
wireless infrastructure and wearables, in addition to offering leading
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Brenna Eller
Samsung Electronics America

Allison+Partners for Samsung

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