51 Schools Named State Winners in Samsung’s $2 Million* National STEAM Contest

Schools Representing Every U.S. State and Washington, D.C. Will Apply STEAM Skills to Improve Local Communities in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J.--()--Samsung Electronics America, Inc. has announced the 51 state winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition that challenges students to creatively use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities. This year’s projects include everything from apps promoting kindness and empathy, to automatic wildfire extinguishing systems, and technology to address the opioid epidemic.

The 51 state winners were selected from thousands of schools representing communities across the country. The winning classrooms were selected from the outstanding lesson plans submitted by teachers, outlining the projects students will undertake to solve a local issue using STEAM skills. As state winners, each of the 51 schools will receive a minimum of a $25,000* in Samsung technology for their achievement, and the 10 that progress to the national finalist stage will compete for the next round of prizes.

“This year’s Solve for Tomorrow state winners chose to tackle some of the most daunting obstacles and issues facing our planet and society today,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “I am truly awed by the thoughtfulness and originality behind the ideas put forth by these students and teachers to take on issues ranging from the environment to health and community-building. The proposed solutions use complex technologies and systems, like connected technologies, virtual reality and augmented reality, in unexpected and creative ways. Through a contest that inspires collaboration and creativity, these kids are showing that with imagination and empathy, the sky is the limit when it comes to making an impact.”

At this phase of the contest, the state winners will work on their STEAM projects in the classroom and, with a Samsung-provided video kit, each school will create a video of their project in action and how it addresses the real-world issue they’re aiming to solve.

Schools have until February 13, 2018 to work on their projects and submit their video, in hopes of advancing in the contest to proceed through the following remaining phases:

  • National finalists: 10 national finalists will be selected to attend a Pitch Event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, 7 schools will receive a $50,000* Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage.
  • National grand prize winners: 3 national winners will be selected and each will receive a $150,000* Samsung technology package.
  • Community Choice Award: All of the 10 national finalists will be eligible to win an additional $20,000* Samsung technology package based on social media voting.

The state winners are:

State     School     City
Alaska     Tanana Middle School     Fairbanks
Alabama     Winfield Middle School     Winfield
Arkansas     eStem Junior High     Little Rock
Arizona     The STAR School     Flagstaff
California     Santiago High School     Corona
Colorado     Arvada West High School     Arvada
Connecticut     Engineering and Science University Magnet School     West Haven
Washington D.C.     Washington Mathematics Science Technology Public Charter High School     Washington
Delaware     Millsboro Middle School     Millsboro
Florida     Niceville High School     Niceville
Georgia     Lee County Middle School West Campus     Leesburg
Hawaii     Kalani High School     Honolulu
Iowa     Wilton Community School District     Wilton
Idaho     Another Choice Virtual Charter School     Nampa
Illinois     Edison Middle School     Wheaton
Indiana     South Adams Schools     Berne
Kansas     Frontier Trail Middle School     Olathe
Kentucky     Ashland Middle School     Ashland
Louisiana     Sulphur High School     Sulphur
Massachusetts     Old Rochester High School     Mattapoisett
Maryland     Hereford High School     Parkton
Maine     Noble High School     North Berwick
Michigan     Kent Career Tech Center     Grand Rapids
Minnesota     Shakopee Senior High School     Shakopee
Missouri     Carthage Junior High School     Carthage
Mississippi     Moss Point Technical Education Center     Moss Point
Montana     Lewistown Junior High School     Lewistown
North Carolina     Thomas Jefferson Middle School     Winston-Salem
North Dakota     Richland #44     Colfax
Nebraska     Gering High School     Gering
New Hampshire     Windham High School     Windham
New Jersey     Cavallini Middle School     Upper Saddle River
New Mexico     Thoreau High School     Thoreau
Nevada     Hyde Park Middle School     Las Vegas
New York     Thomas A. Edison CTE High School     Jamaica
Ohio     Canfield High School     Canfield
Oklahoma     Gracemont High School     Gracemont
Oregon     Clear Creek Middle School     Gresham
Pennsylvania     Halifax High School     Halifax
Rhode Island     West Warwick High School     West Warwick
South Carolina     Ten Oak Middle     Myrtle Beach
South Dakota     Oldham-Ramona School District     Ramona
Tennessee     Central Magnet School     Murfreesboro
Texas     Briarhill Middle School     Highland Village
Utah     Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School     St. George
Virginia     Deep Creek Middle School     Chesapeake
Vermont     St. Albans City School     St. Albans
Washington     Waterville High School     Waterville
Wisconsin     Omro High School     Omro
West Virginia     Calhoun-Gilmer Career Center     Grantsville
Wyoming     Newcastle High School     Newcastle

For Official Rules and judging criteria, click here.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation among young students while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. Since 2001, Samsung has provided more than $60 million to more than 1,200 public schools and community organizations in the United States through its many citizenship initiatives.

To learn more, please visit www.samsung.com/solve or follow the contest on Instagram @SolveForTomorrow.

*Prize is based on an 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 content and services related to mobile payments, 360-degree VR video, customer support and more. Samsung is a pioneering leader in smartphones and HDTVs in the U.S. and one of America’s fastest growing home appliance brands. To discover more about Samsung, please visit www.samsung.com. For the latest Samsung news, please visit news.samsung.com/us and follow us @SamsungNewsUS.


Brenna Eller, 1-201-543-4615
Allison+Partners for Samsung
Jessica Dunten, 1-646-428-0610


Brenna Eller, 1-201-543-4615
Allison+Partners for Samsung
Jessica Dunten, 1-646-428-0610