April 17, 2013 in Special Events News

SAMSUNG Celebrates Winners in its National Million Dollar STEM Education Contest

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 17, 2013 – Samsung recently held its third annual finale event to honor the five winning schools of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide $1M competition designed to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education among U.S. public middle and high school students.

Students from the five winning schools had the opportunity to attend the ceremony and meet with their Congressional representatives. The grand prize winners were chosen for their video submissions illustrating how STEM can help address an environmental issue in their communities.

“Solve for Tomorrow aims to provide our nation’s youth with a life-long interest in science, math, engineering, and technology from a young age,” said David Steel, Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy of Samsung Electronics North America. “It is our hope that actively engaging today’s youth in STEM education will inspire and lead to meaningful career paths in the future.”

David Boone, a freshman at Harvard University who attributes his success to STEM education, delivered the keynote address to an audience of education thought leaders, government officials and students on how access to STEM education helped him overcome obstacles and shaped his journey from living on the streets of Cleveland to becoming an electrical engineering and computer science major at Harvard University.

"When I was 14 years old, my family and I lost our home to gang violence. I refused to join the gang, so they retaliated,” said Harvard freshman David Boone. "Even having experienced this hardship and others, I was still able to garner tremendous success through the help of mentors and a strong STEM-focused approach to learning."

U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D-CA), a leading Congressional advocate for STEM education, also spoke at the event. Congressman Becerra is chairman of the House Democratic Caucus and is the senior Democrat on the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security. Camsie McAdams, Senior Advisor on STEM Education at the U.S. Department of Education, also addressed the audience during the ceremony.

Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, said, “I’m just thrilled that there were a few students in Los Angeles who got to participate and take advantage of what Samsung is doing to invest in them.”

The five winners will each receive $110,000* in technology products such as smart boards, LED TVs, and laptops from Samsung and its corporate partners, Adobe Foundation, and DIRECTV. As part of their prize package, the five winning schools also have the option to host a community e-waste recycling day through Samsung Recycling Direct, an e-waste program which has recycled more than 250 million pounds of electronic waste in the United States since the 2008.

This year alone, more than 1,600 schools across the country participated in the contest, with projects covering water pollution, climate change, and sustainability.

The five grand prize winners are:

Franklin High School, Los Angeles, CA http://tinyb.it/1D52C1EBC8AD
Leewood K-8 Center, Miami, FL http://tinyb.it/5052C1ED3E14
Forestview Middle School, Baxter, MN http://tinyb.it/5852C306FBA
Arrowhead Park Early College, Las Cruces, NM http://tinyb.it/152C1F6680E
MS 88/Peter Rouget Middle School, Brooklyn, NY http://tinyb.it/3D52C1F98CBA

In addition to working with its technology partners, Samsung partners closely with the National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) to tackle the complex issues of STEM education, and the National PTA® to ensure engagement and alignment with parents and educators across the country.

The Solve for Tomorrow contest is part of Samsung Hope for Children, the company’s philanthropic initiative focused on helping children lead healthier, smarter, and more sustainable lives.

B-roll from the award ceremony can be downloaded: http://media.dmsprod.com/sft/

Images from the awards ceremony can be downloaded through the links below:

Arrowhead Park Early College, Las Cruces, NM http://tinyb.it/4834693B9ECF5
Forestview Middle School, Baxter, MN http://tinyb.it/5F34693BA1B0E
Franklin High School, Los Angeles, CA http://tinyb.it/2E34693BA351B
Leewood K-8 Center, Miami, FL http://tinyb.it/2934695F702C

* Estimated Retail Value

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About Samsung Hope for Children
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