Samsung Electronics named 51 state winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, the company’s program to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across the United States.
The complete list of the state winners is below.
Each winner will receive Samsung products and Adobe software to compete in the next phase of the competition as well as a total of at least $20,000 in technology.
"Not only are we excited to see these projects come to life but also how these young people will use STEM after this contest to improve their own futures as well as the wider world,” said David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America.
The 51 state winners were chosen from more than 2,300 applicants. Their ideas ran the gamut from reducing pollution with bicycles made from bamboo to finding the safest routes to school in an urban community to compelling government action to remove carcinogens in the community.
Samsung created the competition in 2010 to get students and teachers excited about STEM. The competition challenges students to apply classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community. In current Solve for Tomorrow has doubled the value of the prize packages from the previous year.
The 51 state winners will submit a short video documenting their project. Based on the video submissions, 15 national finalists will be chosen.
From the 15 national finalists, five national winners will be selected. Three will be chosen by a panel of judges, one by Samsung employees, and one by public online voting that will take place from Feb. 14 to March 13, 2014. The 15 national finalists will each receive a technology package valued at $35,000; the five national winners will each receive one valued at $140,000 and will be honored in April 2014 at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
The 51 state winners are as follows:
Alabama: Mckee Middle School
Alaska: Akiuk Memorial School
Arizona: Imagine School at Avondale Middle School
Arkansas: Cedar Ridge High School
California: Foothill High School
Colorado: Evergreen High School
Connecticut: Six to Six Magnet School
Delaware: Paul M. Hodgson Vo-Tech
Florida: G.W. Carver Middle School
Georgia: Camden County High School
Hawaii: Kailua High School
Idaho: Sandcreek Middle School
Illinois: Olympia Middle School
Indiana: Penn High School
Iowa: Glenwood High School
Kansas: Oxford Jr/Sr High School
Kentucky: Powell County High School
Louisiana: Simsboro High School
Maine: Frank H. Harrison Middle School
Maryland: Worcester Technical High School
Massachusetts: Nauset Regional High School
Michigan: Northwestern Middle School
Minnesota: Coon Rapids High School
Mississippi: St Martin High School
Missouri: Hazelwood Central High School
Montana: Sunburst Jr. High
Nebraska: King Science and Technology Magnet Center
Nevada: Elko Institute for Academic Achievement
New Hampshire: Hillside Middle School
New Jersey: Oliver Street School
New Mexico: Mescalero Apache School
New York: High School of Computers and Technology
North Carolina: New Bridge Middle School
North Dakota: Ely Elementary School
Ohio: Buckeye Trail High School
Oklahoma: El Reno High School
Oregon: Eddyville Charter School
Pennsylvania: Academy at Palumbo
Rhode Island: Lincoln High School
South Carolina: Irmo High School
South Dakota: Vermillion Middle School
Tennessee: Bailey STEM Magnet Middle School
Texas: Carroll High School
Utah: Jordan High School
Vermont: Main Street Middle School
Virginia: Plaza Middle School
Washington: East Valley High School
Washington, D.C.: Howard Dilworth Woodson STEM High School
West Virginia: Robert L. Bland Middle School
Wisconsin: Juda High School
Wyoming: Wyoming Indian Middle School
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