Samsung has announced the 11th annual Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a challenge for students and teachers in grades 6 to 12 to tackle local issues of national importance in pursuit of a total of $2 million in potential awards toward STEM education.
The Solve for Tomorrow Contest seeks to inspire students and their teachers to use STEM skills in order to address issues ranging from mental health and wildfire safety to sustainability and climate change. Students need to apply problem-based learning in order to win a number of potential prizes.
According to the press release from Samsung:
Solve for Tomorrow will award $2 million* in technology and supplies to classrooms as they advance throughout the contest. After teachers submit their lesson plans, they have the opportunity to move forward through the following phases:
Up to 100 Semi-Finalists from the pool of applicants will be awarded $10,000 to be redeemed on DonorsChoose.org
10 National Finalist Schools will be selected to participate in the virtual pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, seven of these schools will be awarded
$50,000 in technology and supplies while the remaining three will be named National Grand Prize Winners.
3 National Grand Prize Winner schools will each receive $100,000 in classroom technology and supplies
Public voting will also determine one Community Choice winner, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology
In order to help provide resources to teachers in order to advance through the contest, Samsung is offering two professional development opportunities through mindSpark Learning in order to give teachers the tools they need to apply for this year’s competition. The Problem-Based Learning foundations will introduce the framework for methdologies of project-based learning. The second course will provide Design Thinking methodologies. Any teachers that apply for the contest can take advantage of these opportunities.
Teachers can sign up and learn more here.