Mobile apps, Produce Production and more: 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge continues with 150 STEM-inspired student solutions

May 15. 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th year, 150 STEM-based community solutions bring schools one-step closer to Samsung technology grants

MISSISSAUGA, ON—May 15, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today announced the 150 regional finalists moving on to the next round of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. The Challenge asked Canadian students from Grades 6 through 12 to identify issues in their local communities and develop solutions using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These 150 regional finalists now move closer to being awarded one of four $20000 Samsung technology grant packages as a Regional Winner as well as an exclusive event with Canadian rocket-scientist, Forbes ’30 Under 30’ and member of a Canadian contingent working on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, Natalie Panek.

“These 150 regional finalists embody what Solve for Tomorrow is all about: innovation, teamwork, and a commitment to the future of Canadian communities. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th this year, we are excited to see inspired student solutions come to life that will have local, national and even global implications,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.

Each of the 150 regional finalist schools will receive a Samsung technology package which includes a Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear360 camera to assist them in completing their next ‘assignment’ as part of the Challenge: documenting the implementation of their community solution in a three-minute video. Videos will go on to be reviewed by a panel of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow judges, with the top-scoring four schools being named Regional Winners in June 2017.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge intends to inspire STEM interest and 21st century learning opportunities in Canadian classrooms—an area of issue as less than half of Canadian high school students graduate with senior STEM courses though 70% of top jobs require expertise in science, technology, engineering and math*. Together with Solve for Tomorrow ambassador, Natalie Panek, and educational organizations The Learning Partnership and Let’s Talk Science, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge hopes to spark Canadian students’ passion for STEM to solve tomorrow’s problems today. Examples of 150 regional finalist projects moving on include a mobile app to monitor water pollution levels, a fruit and vegetable production plan to spur healthy eating habits, and other innovative ideas.

“STEM is in everything I do,” said Natalie Panek, Solve for Tomorrow Ambassador. “Especially evident with my recent work on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover project, is that a career in STEM carries boundless opportunities. I’m so excited to meet these bright minds of tomorrow through Solve for Tomorrow—who knows, they might be the minds designing the next big space telescope or the spacesuits crew members will wear on a mission to Mars!”

The 150 schools moving on in the 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge are: (In alphabetical order) 

School NameCityProvince
Acadia SchoolWinnipegManitoba
AccessSt. LambertQuebec
Aden Bowman CollegiateSaskatoonSaskatchewan
Alexander Muir/Gladstone Junior and Senior Public SchoolTorontoOntario
Allan Drive Middle SchoolBoltonOntario
Amherst Regional High SchoolAmherstNova Scotia
Arthur Day Middle SchoolWinnipegManitoba
Aurora Academic Charter SchoolEdmontonAlberta
Bayside Middle SchoolSaint JohnNew Brunswick
Beamsville District Secondary SchoolBeamsvilleOntario
Bedford And Forsyth Education Centres BedfordNova Scotia
Belleisle Regional High SchoolSpringfieldNew Brunswick
Beverley Acres Public SchoolRichmond HillOntario
Bishop O'Byrne High SchoolCalgaryAlberta
Bliss Carman Middle SchoolFrederictonNew Brunswick
Brock Public SchoolTorontoOntario
Burnaby South Secondary SchoolBurnabyBritish Columbia
Charles P. Allen High SchoolBedfordNova Scotia
Chebucto Heights Elementary SchoolHalifaxNova Scotia
Citadel High School HalifaxNova Scotia
Clarkson Secondary SchoolMississaugaOntario
Condor SchoolCondorAlberta
Crescent CollegiateSouth DildoNewfoundland
David Leeder Middle SchoolMississaugaOntario
David Livingstone Elementary School VancouverBritish Columbia
Delview Secondary SchoolDeltaBritish Columbia
Dorothy Dalgliesh SchoolPicture ButteAlberta
Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public SchoolTorontoOntario
Earl of March Secondary SchoolKanataOntario
École de l'HarmonieQuebecQuebec
École Garden Grove SchoolWinnipegManitoba
École John Diefenbaker Senior SchoolHanoverOntario
École Louis-Hippolyte-LafontaineMontrealQuebec
École Marguerite-BourgeoysCaraquetNew Brunswick
École Pauline Johnson Elementary SchoolWest VancouverBritish Columbia
École Phoenix Middle SchoolCampbell riverBritish Columbia
École Saint-ÉdouardPlessisvilleQuebec
École Secondaire Catholique Régionale De HawkesburyHawkesburyOntario
École Secondaire Publique Le SommetHawkesburyOntario
Edgerton Public SchoolEdgertonAlberta
Elmbank Junior Middle AcademyEtobicokeOntario
Elmwood HighWinnipegManitoba
Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class AMississaugaOntario
Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class B MississaugaOntario
Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class CMississaugaOntario
Father Patrick Mercredi Community School – Class AFort McMurrayAlberta
Father Patrick Mercredi Community School- Class BFort McMurrayAlberta
Fort McMurray Composite High SchoolFort McMurrayAlberta
Fraser River Middle SchoolNew WestminsterBritish Columbia
George Fitton SchoolBrandonManitoba
Georges Vanier Secondary SchoolTorontoOntario
Graham Creighton Junior High School Cherry brookNova Scotia
Grandview Heights SchoolEdmontonAlberta
Grasmere SchoolAlberta BeachAlberta
Greenway SchoolWinnipegManitoba
Greystone Heights SchoolSaskatoonSaskatchewan
H E Bourgoin Middle SchoolBonnyvilleAlberta
Harry Miller Middle SchoolRothesayNew Brunswick
Highland Park Junior High SchoolHalifaxNova Scotia
Holy Redeemer Catholic Junior/Senior High SchoolEdsonAlberta
Holy Spirit HighConception bay southNewfoundland
Interdivisional Student ServicesWinnipegManitoba
Isabel Campbell Public SchoolGrande prairieAlberta
J.G. Diefenbaker Elementary SchoolRichmondBritish Columbia
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute – Class A TorontoOntario
John Polanyi Collegiate Institute – Class B TorontoOntario
John William Boich Public SchoolBurlingtonOntario
Keswick High SchoolKeswickOntario
King Edward Community SchoolWinnipegManitoba
Dene High School La LocheSaskatchewan
Laval Junior AcademyLavalQuebec
Lockview High SchoolFall RiverNova Scotia
LVTCSherbrookeQuebec
Marlborough Public SchoolWindsorOntario
Matthew Elementary SchoolBonavistaNewfoundland
Max Aitken AcademyMiramichiNew Brunswick
McMurrich Junior Public SchoolTorontoOntario
Meadows SchoolBrandonManitoba
Mistassiniy SchoolWabascaAlberta
Moncton High SchoolMonctonNew Brunswick
Monsignor Fraser CollegeTorontoOntario
Montague Intermediate SchoolMontaguePrince Edward Island
Mother Teresa Catholic SchoolRussellOntario
Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School – Class A CourticeOntario
Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School – Class B CourticeOntario
Mountain Park SchoolCalgaryAlberta
Ne Sah Soh Is Koh Dahn SchoolRocky Mountain HouseAlberta
Normandeau SchoolRed DeerAlberta
Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic AcademyCanmoreAlberta
Paul Rowe Junior Senior High SchoolManningAlberta
Pender Harbour Elementary/Secondary SchoolMadeira ParkBritish Columbia
Pinetree Secondary SchoolCoquitlamBritish Columbia
Pope John Paul II SchoolSaskatoonSaskatchewan
Precious Blood Catholic SchoolScarboroughOntario
Prince Andrew High School DartmouthNova Scotia
Prince of Wales Collegiate – Class A St. John'sNewfoundland
Prince of Wales Collegiate – Class B St. John'sNewfoundland
Princess Anne French Immersion P.S.LondonOntario
R J Lang Elementary & Middle SchoolNorth YorkOntario
R.C. Palmer Secondary SchoolRichmondBritish Columbia
Regency Acres Public SchoolAuroraOntario
Resurrection Catholic Secondary SchoolKitchenerOntario
Richmond Secondary SchoolRichmondBritish Columbia
Ridgemont High SchoolOttawaOntario
River Valley Middle SchoolGrand Bay-WestfieldNew Brunswick
Rockingham Elementary SchoolHalifaxNova Scotia
Rocky Christian SchoolRocky Mountain HouseAlberta
Ruth Thompson Middle SchoolMississaugaOntario
Ryerson ElementaryWinnipegManitoba
Saint John Paul IIKitchenerOntario
Santa Maria Catholic SchoolTorontoOntario
Senator O'Connor College SchoolNorth YorkOntario
Simcoe Alternative Secondary School - OrilliaOrilliaOntario
Sir John A. Macdonald Sr. Public SchoolBramptonOntario
Sisler High School/École Secondaire SislerWinnipegManitoba
Smallwood AcademyGamboNewfoundland
South Colchester AcademyBrookfieldNova-scotia
St. Boniface All Grade RameaNewfoundland
St. Dominic Savio ElementaryReginaSaskatchewan
St. Elizabeth Catholic High SchoolThornhillOntario
St. Joseph's Catholic High SchoolBarrieOntario
St. Malachy Catholic SchoolTorontoOntario
St. Malachy's Memorial High SchoolSaint JohnNew Brunswick
St. Margaret Catholic SchoolTorontoOntario
St. Matthew High SchoolOttawaOntario
St. Michaels Regional HighBell IslandNewfoundland
St. Patrick Catholic Elementary SchoolPeterboroughOntario
St. Paul's Junior HighSt. John'sNewfoundland
St. Teresa Catholic Outreach SchoolSpruce GroveAlberta
St. Theresa SchoolBrantfordOntario
St. Thomas Aquinas High SchoolKenoraOntario
Stamford CollegiateNiagara FallsOntario
Steinbach Regional SecondarySteinbachManitoba
Strathcona Christian Academy SecondarySherwood ParkAlberta
Sunningdale Public SchoolOakvilleOntario
Sunny View Middle SchoolBramptonOntario
Technical Vocational High SchoolWinnipegManitoba
Unionville High SchoolUnionvilleOntario
Vancouver Christian SchoolVancouverBritish Columbia
Ventura Park Public SchoolThornhillOntario
Vista Hills Public SchoolWaterlooOntario
Wapanohk Community SchoolThompsonManitoba
Weledeh Catholic SchoolYellowknifeNorthwest Territories
Wellington SchoolWinnipegManitoba
West Carleton Secondary SchoolDunrobinOntario
Westmount Elementary SchoolKamloopsBritish Columbia
Westview ElementaryEstevanSaskatchewan
Winston Churchill High SchoolLethbridgeAlberta
Wood Street CentreWhitehorseYukon
Xavier Junior HighDeer LakeNewfoundland

To learn more about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, visit solvefortomorrow.ca, or follow #SamsungSolve on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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*Data viaSpotlight on Science Learning 2013: The high cost of dropping science and math’ 

http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/were-losing-out---new-report-on-science-learning-reveals-the-economic-burden-of-discontinuing-high-school-science-courses-513071801.html