Samsung launches $1 million educational initiative designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education and foster the development of sustainable innovation.
Students love technology. Teachers love feeling appreciated for their hard work and dedication.
Now, teachers across the United States can submit an application for a chance to participate in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” video competition. The program will reward the schools of winning teachers, and their students, with a variety of Samsung electronics, Microsoft and Adobe software, and DirecTV educational programming valued at more than $1 million. As part of Samsung’s Hope for Children initiative, this effort promotes math and science education designed to foster sustainable innovation.
Support for STEM Education
Recently, STEM education has become a national priority, as it is increasingly apparent that U.S. students are not advancing in math and science at the same pace as other countries. To address this urgent issue, Samsung, a leader in global technology, is devoted to being part of the solution.
“Samsung has achieved unprecedented success this year, and recognizes the importance of leveraging these accomplishments to encourage U.S. students to pursue studies and careers related to STEM,” said David Steel, EVP of Strategic Planning and Corporate Communications at Samsung Electronics America. “It is our goal to educate students and teachers on the importance of STEM, while providing them with the resources necessary to advance technology in schools and sustainable innovation in their communities. Samsung’s `Solve for Tomorrow’ allows us to take an active role to move closer toward a goal that is critical to America’s future.”
Inspiration Through Education
As a means of inspiring enthusiasm for STEM studies and improving the technology gap in classrooms, Samsung has invited 6th – 12th grade teachers to create a video with their students that answers the question: “How can science or math help improve the environment in your community?”
Through October 24th, teachers can complete an online application to be selected to participate in the video contest. To create videos responding to the contest question, fifty classroom respondents will receive free Samsung hardware and Adobe video editing software.
In January, 2011, Samsung and its partners will select the top 25 videos, all of whom will receive technology prizes (out of up to 500 submissions). That spring, the top five finalists will be invited to an event announcing the grand-prize winner at the Samsung Experience in New York City. A celebrity spokesperson will be involved in the final stages of the program.
A Team Effort
In addition, Samsung is partnering with The National Environmental Education Foundation, which works to raise awareness about the importance of environmental education, improving educational opportunities, and connecting community resources with schools. NEEF is a leading authority on environmental education and, in working with Samsung, will aim to help Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” create a measurable impact on children’s ability to use STEM for solving practical environmental problems.
Since its inception in 2004, Samsung’s Hope for Children and its partners have donated more than $10 million in technology and other prizes to over 300 winning U.S. schools. This year’s partners include Microsoft, DirectTV, Adobe, and the National Environmental Education Foundation.
For more information about the contest rules and to submit an application, visit Solve for Tomorrow.
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