Three schools have been named national winners in the $2 million Samsung Solve for TomorrowContest (opens in new tab) from Samsung Electronics America, Inc. – a nationwide competition that challenges 6through 12 graders to use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) to address real-world issues and inspire change in their local communities.
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The three national winners will receive $150,000 in Samsung technology products such as LED TVs, laptops and tablets for use in the classroom. This year’s winners include:
Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Ky.
Because local first responders called to the scene of a drug overdose are only armed with rubber gloves and tongs, the students of Ashland Middle School developed a solution to safely pick up and dispose of hypodermic needles. The students created a device that could be used by first responders and local authorities to pick up dangerous used needles and other drug paraphernalia.
View their project video here: https://youtu.be/FNSY_4tc1M0
Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, N.J.
After a classmate suffered a concussion during football season last year, students at Cavallini Middle school developed sensors to be worn on football helmets to accurately and quickly identify potential concussions and help prevent any further brain damage through early detection.
View their project video here: https://youtu.be/k-KqgVXNask
Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem, N.C.
After learning that strong summer storms are the primary cause of flooding in the U.S., Thomas Jefferson Middle School students developed a water sensor system that deploys water barriers when rising water levels reach 6 inches.
Once the barriers are deployed, the system uses Wi-Fi to send a signal to emergency personnel. The information is then sent to the mobile map app, Waze, and the North Carolina Department of Transportation to alert drivers of the conditions. View their project video here: https://youtu.be/6xiN25q2IMY
To learn more about the contest, visit: www.samsung.com/solve (opens in new tab).