51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

One school in every state and Washington, D.C. will be awarded $20,000* in technology to support STEM learning

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--()--Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. One school in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive $20,000* in technology – including a Samsung GALAXY Camera™ 2, ATIV Book 9 laptop and Adobe Elements software – to complete the next phase of the competition.

The 51 state winners, listed below, were chosen from a pool of more than 3,100 teachers for their use of STEM skills to address issues that affect their lives and their regions. Topics ranged from water pollution to air quality to public health epidemics. To become a state winner, the teachers submitted lesson plans that illustrated how they would execute their ideas.

“We believe that applying science, technology, engineering and math to real-world challenges can be a powerful tool to engage youth in STEM subjects,” said Ann Woo, director of Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics North America. “We congratulate this year’s state winners on their creative ways to help improve their communities while teaching the leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to watching as their projects evolve.”

In the next phase of the contest, the state winners will work with students to bring the ideas to life. The teams will create videos of their projects, and in February, 15 of the teams will be named national finalists. Following the announcement, the national finalists will present their projects to a live panel of judges in March. Five national grand prize winners will then be selected by a panel of judges, Samsung employees and public online voters.

Additionally, three special awards will be given to contestants in the 51 state winner pool for their pioneering use of math, environmental innovation or civic engagement by DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise, respectively. During the competition, approximately $2 million* of prizes will be presented by Samsung, Adobe, DIRECTV, Fortune, PBS TeacherLine, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise. In addition to technology, each teacher who entered the contest received a professional development class from PBS TeacherLine.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. The competition is a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2010, Samsung has invested more than $17 million in support of STEM education to schools, students and teachers across the United States.

The 51 state winners are:

State   City   School Name
Alabama   Moulton   Lawrence County High School
Alaska   Ketchikan   Revilla Alternative Jr./Sr. High School
Arizona   Phoenix   Clarendon School
Arkansas   Norman   Caddo Hills High School
California   San Jose   Downtown College Prep
Colorado   Littleton   Rocky Heights Middle School
Connecticut   Stratford   David Wooster Middle School
Delaware   Camden   Caesar Rodney High School
Florida   Niceville   Niceville High School
Georgia   Lawrenceville   Moore Middle School
Hawaii   Ewa Beach   James Campbell High School
Idaho   Ammon   Sandcreek Middle School
Illinois   Streamwood   Streamwood High School
Indiana   Gary   Frankie Woods McCullough Academy
Iowa   Bloomfield   Davis County Middle School
Kansas   Junction City   Junction City High School
Kentucky   Stanton   Powell County High School
Louisiana   Winnfield   Winnfield Senior High School
Maine   Wells   Wells High School
Maryland   Frederick   Monocacy Middle School
Massachusetts   New Bedford   Global Learning Charter Public School
Michigan   Freeland   Freeland Elementary School
Minnesota   Babbitt   Northeast Range High School
Mississippi   Picayune   Nicholson Elementary
Missouri   Festus   Festus Middle School
Montana   Lewistown   Lewistown Junior High School
Nebraska   Fremont   Fremont Middle School
Nevada   Reno   Galena High School
New Hampshire   Bow   Bow High School
New Jersey   Northfield   Northfield Community Middle School
New Mexico   Taos   Taos Middle School
New York   Cherry Plain   Berlin Jr./Sr. High School
North Carolina   Charlotte   Myers Park High School
North Dakota   Carson   Grant County Middle School
Ohio   Cedarville   Cedar Cliff Schools
Oklahoma   Yukon   Yukon High School
Oregon   Portland   Mt. Tabor Middle School
Pennsylvania   Erie   Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
Rhode Island   Westerly   Westerly High School
South Carolina   Summerville   Ashley Ridge High School
South Dakota   Lead   Lead-Deadwood High School
Tennessee   Columbia   Spring Hill High School
Texas   Dallas   Hillcrest High School
Utah   Salt Lake City   West High School
Vermont   Essex Junction   Essex High School
Virginia   Centreville   Bull Run Elementary School
Washington   Vancouver   Hudson's Bay High School
Washington, D.C.   Washington   Imagine Hope Community Charter School
West Virginia   Charleston   Andrew Jackson Middle School
Wisconsin   Barneveld   Barneveld School District
Wyoming   Meeteetse   Meeteetse Schools

To learn more about the competition, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/solve

*Estimated Retail Value

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Samsung Electronics North America
Danielle Meister Cohen, 201-373-7554
Lindsay Hyman, 202-591-1127


Samsung Electronics North America
Danielle Meister Cohen, 201-373-7554
Lindsay Hyman, 202-591-1127