The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition has officially launched and is taking applications until Oct. 27. The nationwide competition aims to empower students in grades 6-12 to harness the …
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM competition has officially launched and is taking applications until Oct. 27.
The nationwide competition aims to empower students in grades 6-12 to harness the power of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) to create innovative solutions addressing critical issues in their local communities and is open to all public middle and high school teachers across the U.S.
"As we launch the 14th-annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, we're excited to witness the energy and creativity of our young participants, who represent the future," said Ann Woo, head of corporate citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. "With a prize pool of $2 million, we're truly investing in the potential of Gen Z to shape the world with their visionary ideas and make a positive impact."
Last year, students at Robertsdale High School were declared the state winners for Alabama and advanced to the final round of the competition where they competed against 50 schools for one of 10 national finalist spots.
Because the students were declared state winners for Alabama, they were awarded at least $12,000 in technology and school supplies from Samsung. Participants of the competition can win a variety of prize packages ranging from $2,500 to $100,000.
In addition to the usual prize packages, there will be a new Rising Entrepreneurship Award, gifting one school with $25,000 for showcasing innovation in their project.
According to a press release, the competition is not only open to STEM teachers but also history, arts and physical education teachers as well as coaches and administrators.
"In prior years, participating students have identified significant societal and environmental challenges, designing STEM-based concepts that address food waste and insecurity, urban decay and blight, inequality, mental health and the influence of climate change on extreme environmental events," the release states.
The competition phases are as follows:
For more information, visit samsung.com/solve.