On Thursday, December 5, 2013, Samsung announced that New Bridge Middle School was the North Carolina winner of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Challenge and a technology package valued at $20,000. Thanks to the initiative of Mrs. Julie Baile, New Bridge students will now have the opportunity to document and present their efforts to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to improve the local community.
Samsung is dedicated to helping people discover a world of possibilities. They do this through products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers what they expect, and also what they have never dreamed was possible. With these practices in mind, Samsung started the Solve for Tomorrow education contest, giving schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in STEM subjects among students by awarding their schools with a share of over $2 million in technology.
Over 2,300 applications were received for the initial round. On November 7, 2013, New Bridge Middle School, West Rowan Middle School, Cape Hatteras Middle School, Western Alamance Middle School and Rockingham Middle School were identified as the five state finalists. The five NC finalists each receive two Samsung Galaxy Tablets. Of the 255 state finalists across the nation, 51 state winners were selected will receive a technology package valued at $20,000 and a video kit valued at $1,300 to create a video about the project.
Once the videos are submitted, 15 of the 51 state winners will be invited to compete for the grand prize. These 15 winners will receive technology packages of $35,000 in value and an all-expenses paid trip to present their video to a panel of judges. Five national winners will be chosen to receive a technology package valued at $140,000 as well as a trip to Washington, D.C. for a celebratory event. The final phases of the competition will take place in February 2014.