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Samsung Awards Five Schools Across America $100,000 for Innovative STEM Solutions

Public schools named grand prize winners in $3 million* 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

During a livestream virtual celebration event, Samsung Electronics America, Inc. announced today the five National Grand Prize Winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a $3 million* national competition that challenges public school students in grades 6-12 to use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to address real-world change in their communities. Each National Winner school will receive $100,000 in technology and supplies to meet the needs of their classrooms.

Five National Winners were selected following the competition’s first-ever Virtual Pitch Event where students and teachers collaborated remotely to virtually present their STEM projects to a panel of judges. From recycling and sustainability to child safety and

The five National Winners in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest and their grand prize-winning STEM projects are:

1. Dougherty Valley High School – San Ramon, California

Last year in California alone, 6,200 fires ravished the Pacific coast, 2,300 buildings were destroyed, and more than 100 people were killed. The majority of fires in California are caused by dry hills surrounding suburban areas and slow relay of information to the fire department. The students created a low-cost sensor that can detect wind speed, humidity, and temperature, indicating a possible risk of fire in a particular area, and relaying that information back to the local fire department early.

View Dougherty Valley High School’s project video:

2. Downtown Doral Charter Upper School – Doral, Florida

Flash Flooding is the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. The city of Doral receives large amounts of precipitation especially during summer and hurricane season, but sediment obstruction and poor drainage have led to drainage system failures and flooding. The students created a device to detect sediment build-up and share real-time updates on the density of sediments in drains to local officials when structures need immediate cleaning and maintenance.

View Downtown Doral Charter Upper School’s project video:

3. Fairfield High School – Fairfield, Ohio

There are far too many child fatalities due to heat strokes from being locked in a hot car. There was a record high of 51 deaths in 2018. Since 1998, Ohio has had twenty reported deaths – the largest number of accidents in any northern state. The students developed a device that detects an unknown weight remaining in the car seat of a vehicle, which connects to an app that alerts car owners before they move too far away from the vehicle.

View Fairfield High School’s project video:

4. North Carolina School of Science and Math – Durham, North Carolina

An estimated 25% of recycling is contaminated by waste, making cross-contamination a tremendous problem for recycling centers across the country. The students created an app that uses image processing and machine learning algorithms to help people separate recyclables and non-recyclables

View North Carolina School of Science and Math’s project video:

5. Omro High School – Omro, Wisconsin

Ice fishing is prevalent in Wisconsin, and 230,000 snowmobiles use trails that go over the frozen water. Nationwide, nearly 8,000 people fall through the ice and drown each year. The students built a sensor that can determine ice thickness in real-time and relay that information via app, Stat-Ice, to help winter enthusiasts make educated decisions about going out on the ice.

View Omro High School’s project video:

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