Solving Tomorrow’s Problems, Today: Samsung Canada names Regional Finalist schools in 2018 Solve for Tomorrow Challenge

Apr 19. 2018

Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) inspired, innovative solutions from 50 Canadian public schools bring them closer to $20,000 in Samsung technology grants

MISSISSAUGA, ON, April 3, 2018 – Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today announced the 50 Regional Finalists in the 2018 Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. Part of the national education initiative’s third year, the program aims to inspire Canadian students to discover a deeper passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)-based learning by applying STEM to real-world challenges facing their communities. These 50 Regional Finalists now move closer to being awarded one of four $20,000 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow technology grants for their schools, which will be announced this June.

"These students inspire us through their creative, collaborative STEM-inspired community solutions. From an outdoor, interactive ‘living’ classroom, to the restoration of a local woodlot, to indoor food-growing ideas, these students are attempting to leave a legacy in the communities they call home. We applaud their efforts and look forward to how their solutions will take shape, bringing them closer to 21st century learning possibilities," said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada. 

Each of the 50 regional finalist schools will receive a Samsung technology package which includes a Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy S8 and Samsung Gear360 camera to assist them in completing their next bit of ‘homework’ as part of the Challenge: to document the implementation of their community solution in a two-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 2018.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge intends to inspire STEM interest and 21st century learning opportunities in Canadian classrooms— especially relevant as, according to the 2017 Statistics Canada census, only 24.8 per cent of Canada's postsecondary graduates were from STEM fields*. Together with Solve for Tomorrow ambassador, Natalie Panek, and partners Let's Talk Science and the Ontario Science Centre, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge hopes to spark Canadian students' passion for STEM for tangible, community benefit.  

 

The 50 Regional Finalists for the 2018 Solve for Tomorrow Challenge are:

 

School Name

Province

Alex Hope Elementary

British Columbia

Allan Drive Middle School

Ontario

Arthur E Wright Community School

Manitoba

Bernice MacNaughton High School

New Brunswick

Bert Fox Community High School

Saskatchewan

Brookside Intermediate

Newfoundland

Brother Rice Junior High

Newfoundland

Cedar Community Secondary

British Columbia

Chinook High School

Alberta

Cumberland Community School

British Columbia

Errol Village Public School

Ontario

Evan Hardy Collegiate

Saskatchewan

F.H. Collins School

Yukon Territory

Grenoble Public School

Ontario

Greystone Heights School

Saskatchewan

Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute

Ontario

H E Bourgoin Middle School

Alberta

Holy Trinity Catholic School

Saskatchewan

Holy Heart High

Newfoundland

Laval Junior Academy

Quebec

Lincoln Alexander Public School

Ontario

Lockeport Regional High School

Nova Scotia

Lord Asquith School

Saskatchewan

Lougheed Middle School

Ontario

Meadows West School

Manitoba

Meduxnekeag Consolidated School

New Brunswick

Minnetonka School

Manitoba

Montague Intermediate

Prince Edward Island

Nackawic High School

New Brunswick

Niverville Collegiate Institute

Manitoba

Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic Academy

Alberta

Ridgeview Middle School

New Brunswick

Robert Thirsk High School

Alberta

Sacred Heart

Saskatchewan

Saint John High School

New Brunswick

Springbrook Public School

Ontario

St Francis Jr High School

Alberta

St Stephen Middle School

New Brunswick

St. Kateri School

Ontario

St. Mother Teresa School

Ontario

St. Peter's School

Newfoundland

Sudbury Secondary School

Ontario

Teslin School

Yukon Territory

Thornlea Secondary School

Ontario

Thorold Secondary School

Ontario

Weledeh Catholic School

Northwest Territories

Weston School

Manitoba

Westwood Community High School

Alberta

Winston Churchill High School

Alberta

Woodstock High School

New Brunswick


Samsung Canada thanks all schools who participated in the 2018 Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. For rules and regulations, visit www.samsung.com/ca

About Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2017, Samsung was ranked No. 6 in Interbrand's "Best Global Brands" list and named one of the top 10 Most Influential Brands in Canada, based on a study by Ipsos Canada. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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*Data via ‘Addressing Canada’s tech talent shortage with an innovative approach’ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/careers/leadership-lab/addressing-canadas-tech-talent-shortage-with-an-innovative-approach/article37432734/

For further information: Katelin Onishi, North Strategic Public Relations, Katelin.onishi@northstrategic.com