Appliance producer Samsung awarded 12 public schools from across the United States with a total of $70,000 in technology as finalists in the company's Solve for Tomorrow contest. The contest is a national competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.
Four grand prize winners will be chosen by a panel of judges and the fifth, the Community Choice winner, will be determined by public online voting. As the winner of special distinction, the Community Choice winner receives the additional prize of an assistance dog for their school. The grand prize winners will be announced in March 2012 and invited to a special awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. with John Legend, the Grammy-award winning recording artist.
Online voting for the Community Choice winner is open until March 12, 2012 at:
"Solve for Tomorrow empowers students to combine their creativity and knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math to find solutions to environmental issues in their communities," said David Steel, executive vice president of Corporate Strategy of Samsung Electronics North America. "We hope that the challenge of this contest, together with the technology for winning schools, will help inspire the students of today to become the innovators of tomorrow."
More than 1,500 schools from all 50 states entered the contest, which kicked off in August with an essay submission on how STEM can help the environment in their community. Twenty-five were picked to receive a video production kit containing $1,000 of technology - a Samsung laptop, camcorder, and Adobe software - to compete as semi-finalists and in the video phase of the contest.
These 12 finalists now have a chance to win one of five grand prizes valued at $100,000 from Samsung, Microsoft, the Adobe Foundation, and DirecTV.
The 12 finalist schools are:
* Davenport School of the Arts, Davenport, FL
* Desert Wind Middle School, Maricopa, AZ
* Groton High School, Groton, NY
* Indian Trails Middle School, Palm Coast, FL
* Jackson Hole High School, Jackson, WY
* Jefferson Township Middle School, Oak Ridge, NJ
* Lawrence County High School, Moulton, AL
* Mercer School, Mercer, WI
* Neah Bay Junior/Senior High School, Neah Bay, WA,
* Pleasant Hills Middle School, Pleasant Hills, PA
* Schoharie High School, Schoharie, NY
* Sutter Middle School, Folsom, CA
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