Almost Every Public School in NYC Could Use a Little Technology Love. Samsung Invites Schools to Compete in the $2 Million Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
Since 2004, Samsung has contributed more than $13 million dollars in technology to more than 500 public schools in the United States. Samsung continues to support children’s education by providing tools that empower young people to learn through a variety of STEM initiatives. “Lack of proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) has become a barrier for American children and future U.S. competitiveness abroad,” said David Steel, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Samsung Electronics North America. “Samsung recognizes our responsibility as a technology leader to not only spark enthusiasm for STEM education, but publicly commit to advancing this critical issue.”
Samsung created Solve for Tomorrow in 2010 to foster sustainable innovation and address the technology gap in classrooms across the country to help the United States maintain its economic and technological global leadership for years to come. The focus on prior years was on improving the environment in the students’ local communities but now the challenge is inclusive of the environment as well as any other way STEM can help improve their communities.
So who can enter this contest you ask? All publicly financed schools are eligible to participate. Charter schools that derive at least 50% of their operating funds from public sources are also eligible. Samsung and its partners doubled the total prize value to more than $2 million dollars as compared to last year and ensured that every state in the nation will benefit in this year’s Solve for Tomorrow by awarding finalists and winners from each of the 50 states. The winners will receive products, software and programming for their schools from Samsung and program partners DirecTV and Adobe.
So what are you waiting for?! The process is easy and you have nothing to loose. Here are the details:
How to Apply
Encourage your school to apply for the competition. The application must be filled out by them.
Teachers can visit this link and fill out an application. You can enter online through October 31, 2013.
Once chosen, each state finalist school will receive a package consisting of a Samsung camcorder, Samsung laptop, Adobe Element bundle (a combination of video editing software and Photoshop) and a quick start guide provided by Adobe to help getting started with the software usage. Each package will also include a copy of the
Official Rules, an information sheet and all documents which must be completed and returned in order to participate in Phase Three.
This year, 255 state finalists will each receive two Samsung tablets and 51 state winners will each receive technology packages worth $20,000. From that pool of 51, the public will have an opportunity to choose the 15 national finalists who will receive technology packages worth $30,000. The five national winners will each receive a prize package valued at $146,000 and will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. A special prize called the Environmental Innovation Award, valued at $50,000, will be chosen by NEEF and also awarded to one of the 51 state winners.
“I would strongly encourage teachers to make the incredibly easy first steps and enter the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest,” said Michael Lampert, the teacher from West Salem High School in Oregon who led his students to win the grand prize in 2011. “It is a powerful vehicle to launch your kids into the rapidly changing world of STEM.”