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Carroll is Solving for Tomorrow

Dec 16, 2013 04:02PM ● By Anonymous

By Christina Mlynski

Carroll High School has a lot to brag about. The latest notch in its belt: It was selected as one of 51 state winners in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, which raises interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning across the country.

The winners received Samsung products and Adobe software to compete in the next phase of the competition as well as a total of at least $20,000 in technology.

“We congratulate these winners,” says David Steel, executive vice president of Samsung Electronics North America.

“The creativity and quality of these projects have raised the level of this competition to new heights. We are very encouraged by what we’ve seen from these participants. Not only are we excited to see these projects come to life but also how these young people will use STEM after this contest to improve their own futures as well as the wider world.”

Carroll was chosen from more than 2,300 applicants. Carroll High School teacher Alice FitzGerald is the ringleader for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, and her efforts will help to continue to build the new STEM program in Carroll Independent School District.

The national winners’ ideas ran the gamut from compelling government action to remove carcinogens in the community to reducing pollution with bicycles made from bamboo.

In the next stage of the competition, the state winners will submit a short video documenting their project from which 15 national finalists will be chosen. From those 15, five winners will be selected — three will be selected by a panel of judges, one by Samsung employees and the other by public online voting, which will take place from Feb. 14 to March 13. 

The five national winners will each receive a technology package valued at $140,000 and be honored at an awards ceremony on April 14 in Washington D.C.