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Teachers from across the country complete the Solve for Tomorrow online application.
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 STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) can be applied to help your local community."
One teacher per state will be chosen as a State Winner and receive a Samsung laptop to create a video showcasing their solution to the challenge. State Winners will receive a minimum of $25,000** in technology for their school.
Out of the 51 State Winners, ten National Finalists will be chosen and their videos will be placed online for public voting. All National Finalists will receive a minimum of $50,000** in technology for their school. All National Finalists also win a trip to New York City to present their prototype in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.
Ten National Finalists will be narrowed down to three National Winners. Three winners will be selected by a panel of judges during an in-person event where all ten National Finalists present their projects. All three winners selected will receive a technology grant of $150,000 and $20,000 for the charity of their choice. Additionally, one community choice winner will be decided by online voting on samsung.com/solve. The community choice winner will win $20,000 in technology and $15,000 for their charity. The three National Winners are invited to an awards celebration hosted in the nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
255 State Winners will receive a Galaxy Tab.
51 State Finalists will receive $25,000** in Samsung technology.
10 National Finalists will receive $50,000** in Samsung technology. Plus, a trip to New York City for a live Pitch Event. One Community Choice winner will receive an additional $20,000 in Samsung Technology and a $15,000 donation for their charity partner.
3 National Winners will receive $150,000** in Samsung technology, a $20,000 donation for their charity partner, and a trip to Washington D.C. for a luncheon with government officials.
Executive Vice President, Samsung Electronics North America+
Executive Director Government Relations, Rhode Island School of Design+
Since coming to RISD in 2008, Babette Allina has combined her experience as an artist with her background in public policy to advance the national agenda for STEAM – adding art to the national emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by raising awareness of the power of art and design to transform education, research and workforce development.
As executive director of Government Relations + External Affairs, Allina serves as RISD’s primary liaison with governmental leaders in the city of Providence, at the Rhode Island State House and in the US Congress, and with other external partners. She also works closely with students interested in issues of public policy, helping them learn to harness their creative abilities to enhance communication and connect with decision-makers.
Prior to RISD, Allina focused on developing funding for large-scale life sciences research at the University of Rhode Island, working with such federal agencies as the National Science Foundation, Department of Defense and Department of Energy. In her artwork, she explores the intersection of art and science – most recently by creating disorienting environments that address the devastating affects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Allina earned a BA in Politics and Painting from Bennington College and an MA in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.
Partner, Project Lead the Way+
Elliot Mork bridges the gap between industry and education as the Director of Partnerships for Project Lead The Way (PLTW), using his experiences as a teacher, robotics coach, program director, and engineer to create and foster opportunities for partnership.
Elliot started at PLTW in 2014, working on the Programs Team to develop curriculum for the PLTW Engineering pathway before joining the Partnerships Team. Prior to joining PLTW, Elliot directed a high school fabrication lab and assisted teachers and principals with integrating STEM programs in their schools. At Tech High School in Atlanta, Georgia, Elliot taught engineering and physics while also coaching a robotics team. Elliot holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Tech.
Vice President of Marketing Excellence, Samsung Electronics North America+
SciTech Editor, CBS News+
Brian Mastroianni is a New York-based science, tech and arts journalist. He works as the Scitech Editor-at-Large for CBS News where he has covered cybersecurity and Anonymous and interviewed Neil deGrasse Tyson about his secret love of musicals. His work has been published by The Atlantic, The Paris Review Daily and Fox News, among others. When not in the newsroom, Brian studies acting and also sometimes blogs about fashionable dogs. Yes. Really. He graduated with honors from Brown University in 2011 and has an M.A. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Follow him on Twitter @brimastroianni.
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 STEAM teacher?
A: No, this contest is open to ALL teachers regardless of the subject taught. However, the topic of this contest does focus on STEAM 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. However, participating students must be in 6th-12th grade.
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 Samsung laptop, 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 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.
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