1-9-2018 – Corona – Santiago High School has been named the California state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM).
Doloumar Bergen’s classroom was chosen based on their proposal to use STEAM skills to address wildfires. Mrs. Bergen’s class idea was to build a mobile app that integrates an external fire extinguishing system that will protect residential and business properties from wildfires.
Santiago High is among the nation’s 51 state winners (representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C.) and will receive a minimum of $25,000 in Samsung technology for their achievement, and the 10 schools that progress to the national finalist stage will compete for the next round of prizes. The state winners were selected from thousands of schools representing communities across the country.
Each state winner will create a video showcasing their proposed solution to the local problem – all with a share of $2 million on the line.
All 51 state winners will work on their projects and submit their video in Feb 2018, in hopes of advancing in the contest to proceed through the following remaining phases:
• National finalists: 10 national finalists will be selected to attend a Pitch Event 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 $150,000* Samsung technology package.
• Community Choice Award: All of the 10 national finalists will be eligible to win an additional $20,000* Samsung technology package based on social media voting.