Laura Schuhwerk, a makerspace teacher, had a class submit a proposal for Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Contest and they made it to the statewide finals. Solve for Tomorrow is designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM), this nationwide contest challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEAM can be applied to help improve their local community.
While it is a great enough honor to make it to the statewide finals, Ms. Schuhwerk and her class are looking to move on in the competition. From here a state champions is chosen that will then compete against the other state champions for the grand prize. All state winners will receive $25,000 in Samsung technology for their schools, the top ten finalists will receive $50,000 in Samsung technology for their schools and they are invited to attend the Pitch Event. The Grand Prize Winner receives $150,000 in Samsung technology for their school.
As stated above, the purpose of the contest is to help improve a problem within the community. Throughout the years teams have chosen projects that assisted safe driving, supported the free lunch program, and improved pesticide processes. Ms. Schuhwerk asked her class what they felt the greatest problem facing their community was and they responded with crime and safety. Throughout this program they hope to design an app and tracker system to help keep people safe and help crimes be reported quicker.
Good luck to the students! We will keep you posted on any updates.