SALT LAKE CITY — Five Utah schools are among 255 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
The Utah finalists are Harry S. Truman Elementary in West Valley City; DaVinci Academy in Ogden; Green Canyon High School in North Logan; Kearns High School in Kearns; and Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School in St. George.
The schools were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEAM learning. All 255 selected as state finalists will receive one Samsung Chromebook for their classrooms and have the opportunity to advance in the competition for additional prizes and educational opportunities.
With $2 million in technology on the line, teachers from the five schools will submit an activity plan outlining how students will tackle the local issue using STEAM skills.
Then, 51 state winners will be selected to submit a video of their project in action. For achieving state winner status, 41 of the schools will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package, including a Samsung video kit to produce their video. The other 10 will progress to the national finalist stage.
Ten national finalists will be selected to pitch their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage where each will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package.
In addition, all of the 10 national finalists will be eligible to win an additional $20,000 Samsung technology package based on social media voting.