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Irvington HS Named Finalist in Samsung ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ Contest


Irvington High School is among five schools in California, and 255 nationwide, named semifinalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition that challenges students to creatively use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and make a difference in their local communities.


The Irvington team, made up of over 20 students, worked together to find solutions to an issue significant to the Bay Area. The group is working to develop an Earthquake Response Drone to assist first-responders in finding safe rendezvous areas in the event of an emergency. Real-time data from the drone would be relayed through a mobile app to police, fire and other agencies responding to an earthquake or a number of other situations.


Five schools from every state and the District of Columbia were selected from a pool of thousands of schools. The state finalists were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEAM learning. As a state finalist, Irvington will receive one Samsung Galaxy Tab® and the opportunity to advance in the competition and win additional prizes, including $25,000 in technology for state winners and $150,000 in technology for three national winning schools.


“As a tech company of creative problem solvers, Samsung believes it is our responsibility to help inspire the next generation of leaders in STEAM,” said Ann Woo, Director of Corporate Citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “Over the years, we’ve seen how Solve for Tomorrow’s hands-on, community-based learning approach sparks interest in STEAM subjects and careers. We are thrilled to congratulate this year’s state finalists and look forward to seeing their projects in the coming months.”


In the next phase of the contest, the state finalists will submit lesson plans detailing how they plan to address the challenge they identified in their community using STEAM skills. From the pool of 255 state finalists, 51 schools will be selected as state winners, and then 10 will advance as national finalists. The 10 national finalists will present their projects live to a panel of judges in New York City. Three national grand prize winners and one community choice winner will be selected in the spring of 2017.


The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2009 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. Each year, the competition inspires more active, hands-on teaching and learning among schools nationwide. Since 2004, Samsung has provided more than $19 million in technology to more than 1,000 public schools in the United States.