Student and teachers — got any innovative, STEM-based ideas for solving problems in your community?

  • Sep 26, 2014

Samsung Solve

“This competition changed the entire culture of our urban school.”

 Julie Hasfjord, STEM Instructional Leader, Bailey STEM Magnet Middle Prep, Nashville, TN


In a nutshell, Samsung’s annual Solve For Tomorrow competition is about teachers and students working together to apply STEM principles to the task of solving problems in their communities.

And a survey of some of last year’s winners is impressive, to say the least:

At Washington state’s East Valley High School, students concerned about high electricity usage during the summer months employed science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to design an energy efficient cooling system.

At Philadelphia’s Academy at Palumbo, surveys and crime data were used to created algorithms that determined the safest routes for children to travel to and from school.

Real problems. Real solutions. All the product of students and their teachers.

AT DIRECTV we’re enthusiastic supporters of STEM education and always on the lookout for practical, innovative approaches to getting students engaged. And so we’re pleased to be able to partner with Samsung on this exciting endeavor. In fact, we created the Math Makes-it-Work Award to challenge students and teachers to make math a fundamental part of their contest entries. DIRECTV will award the winning school a $25,000 cash grant to expand upon their submitted project. In addition, the teacher(s) of the winning classroom will receive our In-Kind Teacher prize, which includes a free year of DIRECTV programming to enjoy at home.

See the graphic below for contest details, and be sure to visit the Solve For Tomorrow web site.

The deadline for this year’s competition is October 31st.

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 —Stephen Vincent D’Emidio