2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge continues with 150 STEM-inspired student solutions

MISSISSAUGA, ON—May 15, 2017 – Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today announced the 150 regional finalists moving on to the next round of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. The Challenge asked Canadian students from Grades 6 through 12 to identify issues in their local communities and develop solutions using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These 150 regional finalists now move closer to being awarded one of four $20000 Samsung technology grant packages as a Regional Winner as well as an exclusive event with Canadian rocket-scientist, Forbes ’30 Under 30’ and member of a Canadian contingent working on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, Natalie Panek.

“These 150 regional finalists embody what Solve for Tomorrow is all about: innovation, teamwork, and a commitment to the future of Canadian communities. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th this year, we are excited to see inspired student solutions come to life that will have local, national and even global implications,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.

Each of the 150 regional finalist schools will receive a Samsung technology package which includes a Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear360 camera to assist them in completing their next ‘assignment’ as part of the Challenge: documenting the implementation of their community solution in a three-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 2017.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge intends to inspire STEM interest and 21st century learning opportunities in Canadian classrooms—an area of issue as less than half of Canadian high school students graduate with senior STEM courses though 70% of top jobs require expertise in science, technology, engineering and math*. Together with Solve for Tomorrow ambassador, Natalie Panek, and educational organizations The Learning Partnership and Let’s Talk Science, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge hopes to spark Canadian students’ passion for STEM to solve tomorrow’s problems today. Examples of 150 regional finalist projects moving on include a mobile app to monitor water pollution levels, a fruit and vegetable production plan to spur healthy eating habits, and other innovative ideas.

“STEM is in everything I do,” said Natalie Panek, Solve for Tomorrow Ambassador. “Especially evident with my recent work on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars Rover project, is that a career in STEM carries boundless opportunities. I’m so excited to meet these bright minds of tomorrow through Solve for Tomorrow—who knows, they might be the minds designing the next big space telescope or the spacesuits crew members will wear on a mission to Mars!”

Originally published on Samsung’s News page. Read the full post here.