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South Adams Middle School Named Indiana State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Congratuatlions to Mrs. LeFever's STEM Club!

 

South Adams Middle School Named Indiana State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest  

 

About the Contest:

Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, South Adams Middle School in Berne has been named the Indiana state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for its proposed plan to develop an app or extension that tracks snowplow routes for the public to reduce winter related accidents.

 

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This year classrooms identified issues that are unique to their communities – such as contaminated water, emergency relief in the face of natural disasters, and access to proper food and resources – as well as critical societal issues that are impacting classrooms nationwide, such as the topics of mental health, school shootings, vaping, bullying, homelessness, and veteran care.

 

South Adams Middle School is among the nation’s 50 state winners (representing all 50 states) and will receive $20,000* in technology for its achievement. The school will also receive a Samsung video kit to create and submit a three-minute video showcasing their project development and how it addresses the issue in hopes of advancing to the next phase of the contest and win additional prizes and educational opportunities.

 

“The scale and importance of the issues addressed in this year’s contest reflect how students are taking responsibility for their role as change agents for the future,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “These state winners and trailblazing teachers and students are taking action to create tangible solutions and promote positive change. Samsung is proud to support their vision for a brighter future and looks forward to seeing how they will use imagination and creativity with complex technologies such as VR and 3D printing to bring these projects to life.”  

 

 

About the School:

Indiana State Winner and Details:

·         South Adams Schools in Berne

·         Teacher Mrs. Kim LeFever and her Middle School STEM Club students

About the School’s Project:

Local Problem: We believe that we can reduce some accidents if the public was aware of the location of recent snow plow (salt truck) routes. Using technology, we aim to engineer utilizing flowcharts and program an app that connects with information provided by GPS trackers (many are currently in use on snowplows) to an online map or extension.

 

Proposed Project: Our students have not had a programming class; we will further investigate what is more feasible, app versus extension to an app. We will also be researching and hope to meet with county highway departments to help with our solution.

Future Contest Phases:

All 50 state winners will work on their projects and submit their three-minute video in hopes of advancing in the contest’s remaining phases:

·         National finalists: 10 national finalists will be selected to attend a Pitch Event in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, 7 schools will receive a $50,000* Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage

·         National grand prize winners: 3 national winners will be selected, and each will receive a $100,000* Samsung technology package

·         Community Choice Award: The general public will elect one winner from the 10 national finalists who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 Samsung technology package

 

Interview Opportunities:

Mrs. Kim LeFever and her students are available for interviews about the local issue they’re working to solve and the importance of hands-on STEM learning.

 

Media Contact:

For questions about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, please reach out to SamsungSFT@allisonpr.com. For questions about the school’s project, please reach out to klefever@southadams.k12.in.us 

*Prize is based on an estimated retail value.

 

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