Baton Rouge Magnet High School and Brighter Horizon School are among five Louisiana schools named as state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
The program encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math.
Each school will receive two Samsung Galaxy tablet computers for classroom use.
Teachers from the finalist schools next will submit a lesson plan outlining how they will address the challenge with their students while working with their communities.
Winners representing all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., will be selected and receive $20,000 in technology for their school. State winners will be announced in December.
From there, 15 national finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas in New York to a panel of judges. Americans will be able to vote on their favorite ideas.
Five national winners will be named and honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.