West Feliciana High School has been named the state winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
West Feliciana High is among the nation’s 51 state winners — representing all 50 states and Washington, D.C. — and will receive $20,000 in technology tools with a chance to become one of the contest’s 15 national finalists, according to a news release.
One winner from each state was selected from more than 4,100 applicants. Each will receive a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 and ATIV Book 9 laptop to create a video showcasing their proposed solution to the local problem — as a low-income community, there often is little access to healthy, fresh produce or the space and means for families to grow their own.
With a share of $2 million on the line, Jonathan Simmons, a 10th- through 12-grade teacher, and his students proposed a project to use STEM skills to design, develop and construct a working gardening system that may be used to grow fresh vegetables in the home.
From the pool of 51 competitors, 15 national finalists will be selected to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges in New York. America will be able to vote on their favorite ideas.
From there, five winners will be named and honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., where they will get the opportunity to meet representatives and senators.