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How It Works
Phase 1 (September-November):

Teachers from across the country complete the Solve for Tomorrow online application.

Phase 2 (November):

Five teachers per state plus the District of Columbia are selected to submit a lesson plan outlining how they will address the challenge, "Show how STEM can be applied to help your local community."

Phase 3 (December-February):

One teacher per state will be chosen as a State Winner and receive a Samsung camcorder and laptop to create a video showcasing their solution to the challenge. State Winners will receive a minimum of $20,000** in technology for their school.

Phase 4 (February-March):

Out of the 51 State Winners, fifteen National finalists will be chosen and their videos will be placed online for public voting. All National Finalists will receive a minimum of $40,000** in technology for their school.

Phase 5 (April):

Fifteen National Finalists will be narrowed down to five National Winners. One will be decided via online voting on, another will be selected by Samsung employees, and three will be selected by a panel of judges during an in-person event where all fifteen National Finalists present their projects. All five winners selected will receive a technology grant of $120,000**.

Phase 6 (April):

The five National Winners are invited to an awards celebration hosted in the nation’s capital, Washington, D.C.

State Winners

255 State Winners will receive two Galaxy Tablets

State Finalists

36 State Finalists will receive $20,000** in Samsung technology

National Finalists

10 National Finalists will receive $40,000** in Samsung technology

National Winners

5 National Winners will receive $120,000** in Samsung technology and additional prizes from our partners

Past Winners

Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities. We do this through products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers what they expect, and also what they have never dreamed was possible. With these practices in mind, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of over $2 million** in technology.

See how Samsung Solve for Tomorrow helped to make change in one Alaskan Village Kokhanok Alaska Village
Senator Nydia Vasquez (D-NY) Speaks to 2013 Solve for Tomorrow School MS 88 in Brooklyn, NY
Encouraging Innovation and Working for a Better Tomorrow Solve for Tomorrow Winners from West Salem, OR
2013 Winner Forestview Middle School’s High Altitude Balloon
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Finalists Present at SXSW EDU
“We hope that the challenge of this contest, together with the technology for winning schools, will help spark students’ passion to pursue careers that help improve the world through STEM.”

David Steel, EVP of Samsung Electronics North America


Q. Which schools are eligible to participate?

A. All publicly financed schools are eligible to participate. Charter schools that derive at least 50% of their operating funds from public sources are also eligible.

Q. Do I have to be a STEM teacher?

A. No, this contest is open to ALL teachers regardless of the subject taught. However, the topic of this contest does focus on STEM specifically.

Q. Does it matter what my class size is?

A. No, class size is not a factor.

Q. Do I have to break the class up into groups or can this be an exercise for the whole class?

A. How you divide your classes is entirely up to you. You should do what works best for your teaching style and the dynamic of your class.

Q. What will be included in the Video Kit sent out to the 51 State Finalist teachers?

A. Each State Finalist teacher will receive a package consisting of a Samsung camcorder and Samsung laptop. Each package will also include a copy of the Official Rules, an information sheet and all documents which must be completed and returned in order to participate in Phase Three.

Q. Do I have to use the products Samsung and Adobe provide for making the video?

A. Yes, in order to keep an equal playing field among all participants, the equipment provided needs to be used.

Q. Do I have to return the equipment provided?

A. No, the State Finalist prize package is yours to keep.


No purchase necessary to enter or win in the Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow" Education Contest. Open to legal residents of the 50 US & DC, 21 or older & currently employed as a public school teacher, grades 6-12. Void where prohibited. Contest begins 09/01/15, ends 05/01/2016. For Official Rules and judging criteria, click here.

Sponsor: Samsung Electronics America, Inc.

Samsung is a registered trademark of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. All other product and brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

** Estimated Retail Value