Mobile apps, Produce Production and more: 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge continues with 150 STEM-inspired student solutions

In celebration of Canada's 150th year, 150 STEM-based community solutions bring schools one-step closer to Samsung technology grants

MISSISSAUGA, ON, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today announced the 150 regional finalists moving on to the next round of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. The Challenge asked Canadian students from Grades 6 through 12 to identify issues in their local communities and develop solutions using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). These 150 regional finalists now move closer to being awarded one of four $20,000 Samsung technology grant packages as a Regional Winner as well as an exclusive event with Canadian rocket-scientist, Forbes '30 Under 30' and member of a Canadian contingent working on the European Space Agency's ExoMars rover, Natalie Panek.

"These 150 regional finalists embody what Solve for Tomorrow is all about: innovation, teamwork, and a commitment to the future of Canadian communities. As we celebrate Canada's 150th this year, we are excited to see inspired student solutions come to life that will have local, national and even global implications," said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Canada.

Each of the 150 regional finalist schools will receive a Samsung technology package which includes a Samsung Gear VR, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear360 camera to assist them in completing their next 'assignment' as part of the Challenge: documenting the implementation of their community solution in a three-minute video. Videos will go on to be reviewed by a panel of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow judges, with the top-scoring four schools being named Regional Winners in June 2017.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge intends to inspire STEM interest and 21st century learning opportunities in Canadian classrooms—an area of issue as less than half of Canadian high school students graduate with senior STEM courses though 70% of top jobs require expertise in science, technology, engineering and math*. Together with Solve for Tomorrow ambassador, Natalie Panek, and educational organizations The Learning Partnership and Let's Talk Science, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge hopes to spark Canadian students' passion for STEM to solve tomorrow's problems today. Examples of 150 regional finalist projects moving on include a mobile app to monitor water pollution levels, a fruit and vegetable production plan to spur healthy eating habits, and other innovative ideas.

"STEM is in everything I do," said Natalie Panek, Solve for Tomorrow Ambassador. "Especially evident with my recent work on the European Space Agency's ExoMars Rover project, is that a career in STEM carries boundless opportunities. I'm so excited to meet these bright minds of tomorrow through Solve for Tomorrow—who knows, they might be the minds designing the next big space telescope or the spacesuits crew members will wear on a mission to Mars!"

The 150 schools moving on in the 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge are: (In alphabetical order)

School Name 

City

Province 

Acadia School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Access

St. Lambert

Quebec

Aden Bowman Collegiate

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

Alexander Muir/Gladstone Junior and Senior Public School

Toronto

Ontario

Allan Drive Middle School

Bolton

Ontario

Amherst Regional High School

Amherst

Nova Scotia

Arthur Day Middle School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Aurora Academic Charter School

Edmonton

Alberta

Bayside Middle School

Saint John

New Brunswick

Beamsville District Secondary School

Beamsville

Ontario

Bedford And Forsyth Education Centres 

Bedford

Nova Scotia

Belleisle Regional High School

Springfield

New Brunswick

Beverley Acres Public School

Richmond Hill

Ontario

Bishop O'Byrne High School

Calgary

Alberta

Bliss Carman Middle School

Fredericton

New Brunswick

Brock Public School

Toronto

Ontario

Burnaby South Secondary School

Burnaby

British Columbia

Charles P. Allen High School

Bedford

Nova Scotia

Chebucto Heights Elementary School

Halifax

Nova Scotia

Citadel High School 

Halifax

Nova Scotia

Clarkson Secondary School

Mississauga

Ontario

Condor School

Condor

Alberta

Crescent Collegiate

South Dildo

Newfoundland

David Leeder Middle School

Mississauga

Ontario

David Livingstone Elementary School 

Vancouver

British Columbia

Delview Secondary School

Delta

British Columbia

Dorothy Dalgliesh School

Picture Butte

Alberta

Duke of Connaught Junior and Senior Public School

Toronto

Ontario

Earl of March Secondary School

Kanata

Ontario

École de l'Harmonie

Quebec

Quebec

École Garden Grove School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

École John Diefenbaker Senior School

Hanover

Ontario

École Louis-Hippolyte-Lafontaine

Montreal

Quebec

École Marguerite-Bourgeoys

Caraquet

New Brunswick

École Pauline Johnson Elementary School

West Vancouver

British Columbia

École Phoenix Middle School

Campbell river

British Columbia

École Saint-Édouard

Plessisville

Quebec

École Secondaire Catholique Régionale De Hawkesbury

Hawkesbury

Ontario

École Secondaire Publique Le Sommet

Hawkesbury

Ontario

Edgerton Public School

Edgerton

Alberta

Elmbank Junior Middle Academy

Etobicoke

Ontario

Elmwood High

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class A

Mississauga

Ontario

Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class B 

Mississauga

Ontario

Father Michael Goetz Secondary School – Class C

Mississauga

Ontario

Father Patrick Mercredi Community School – Class A

Fort McMurray

Alberta

Father Patrick Mercredi Community School- Class B

Fort McMurray

Alberta

Fort McMurray Composite High School

Fort McMurray

Alberta

Fraser River Middle School

New Westminster

British Columbia

George Fitton School

Brandon

Manitoba

Georges Vanier Secondary School

Toronto

Ontario

Graham Creighton Junior High School 

Cherry brook

Nova Scotia

Grandview Heights School

Edmonton

Alberta

Grasmere School

Alberta Beach

Alberta

Greenway School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Greystone Heights School

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

H E Bourgoin Middle School

Bonnyville

Alberta

Harry Miller Middle School

Rothesay

New Brunswick

Highland Park Junior High School

Halifax

Nova Scotia

Holy Redeemer Catholic Junior/Senior High School

Edson

Alberta

Holy Spirit High

Conception bay south

Newfoundland

Interdivisional Student Services

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Isabel Campbell Public School

Grande prairie

Alberta

J.G. Diefenbaker Elementary School

Richmond

British Columbia

John Polanyi Collegiate Institute – Class A 

Toronto

Ontario

John Polanyi Collegiate Institute – Class B 

Toronto

Ontario

John William Boich Public School

Burlington

Ontario

Keswick High School

Keswick

Ontario

King Edward Community School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Dene High School 

La Loche

Saskatchewan

Laval Junior Academy

Laval

Quebec

Lockview High School

Fall River

Nova Scotia

LVTC

Sherbrooke

Quebec

Marlborough Public School

Windsor

Ontario

Matthew Elementary School

Bonavista

Newfoundland

Max Aitken Academy

Miramichi

New Brunswick

McMurrich Junior Public School

Toronto

Ontario

Meadows School

Brandon

Manitoba

Mistassiniy School

Wabasca

Alberta

Moncton High School

Moncton

New Brunswick

Monsignor Fraser College

Toronto

Ontario

Montague Intermediate School

Montague

Prince Edward Island 

Mother Teresa Catholic School

Russell

Ontario

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School – Class A 

Courtice

Ontario

Mother Teresa Catholic Elementary School – Class B 

Courtice

Ontario

Mountain Park School

Calgary

Alberta

Ne Sah Soh Is Koh Dahn School

Rocky Mountain House

Alberta

Normandeau School

Red Deer

Alberta

Our Lady Of The Snows Catholic Academy

Canmore

Alberta

Paul Rowe Junior Senior High School

Manning

Alberta

Pender Harbour Elementary/Secondary School

Madeira Park

British Columbia

Pinetree Secondary School

Coquitlam

British Columbia

Pope John Paul II School

Saskatoon

Saskatchewan

Precious Blood Catholic School

Scarborough

Ontario

Prince Andrew High School 

Dartmouth

Nova Scotia

Prince of Wales Collegiate – Class A 

St. John's

Newfoundland

Prince of Wales Collegiate – Class B 

St. John's

Newfoundland

Princess Anne French Immersion P.S.

London

Ontario

R J Lang Elementary & Middle School

North York

Ontario

R.C. Palmer Secondary School

Richmond

British Columbia

Regency Acres Public School

Aurora

Ontario

Resurrection Catholic Secondary School

Kitchener

Ontario

Richmond Secondary School

Richmond

British Columbia

Ridgemont High School

Ottawa

Ontario

River Valley Middle School

Grand Bay-Westfield

New Brunswick

Rockingham Elementary School

Halifax

Nova Scotia

Rocky Christian School

Rocky Mountain House

Alberta

Ruth Thompson Middle School

Mississauga

Ontario

Ryerson Elementary

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Saint John Paul II

Kitchener

Ontario

Santa Maria Catholic School

Toronto

Ontario

Senator O'Connor College School

North York

Ontario

Simcoe Alternative Secondary School - Orillia

Orillia

Ontario

Sir John A. Macdonald Sr. Public School

Brampton

Ontario

Sisler High School/École Secondaire Sisler

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Smallwood Academy

Gambo

Newfoundland

South Colchester Academy

Brookfield

Nova-scotia

St. Boniface All Grade 

Ramea

Newfoundland

St. Dominic Savio Elementary

Regina

Saskatchewan

St. Elizabeth Catholic High School

Thornhill

Ontario

St. Joseph's Catholic High School

Barrie

Ontario

St. Malachy Catholic School

Toronto

Ontario

St. Malachy's Memorial High School

Saint John

New Brunswick

St. Margaret Catholic School

Toronto

Ontario

St. Matthew High School

Ottawa

Ontario

St. Michaels Regional High

Bell Island

Newfoundland

St. Patrick Catholic Elementary School

Peterborough

Ontario

St. Paul's Junior High

St. John's

Newfoundland

St. Teresa Catholic Outreach School

Spruce Grove

Alberta

St. Theresa School

Brantford

Ontario

St. Thomas Aquinas High School

Kenora

Ontario

Stamford Collegiate

Niagara Falls

Ontario

Steinbach Regional Secondary

Steinbach

Manitoba

Strathcona Christian Academy    Secondary

Sherwood Park

Alberta

Sunningdale Public School

Oakville

Ontario

Sunny View Middle School

Brampton

Ontario

Technical Vocational High School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

Unionville High School

Unionville

Ontario

Vancouver Christian School

Vancouver

British Columbia

Ventura Park Public School

Thornhill

Ontario

Vista Hills Public School

Waterloo

Ontario

Wapanohk Community School

Thompson

Manitoba

Weledeh Catholic School

Yellowknife

Northwest Territories

Wellington School

Winnipeg

Manitoba

West Carleton Secondary School

Dunrobin

Ontario

Westmount Elementary School

Kamloops

British Columbia

Westview Elementary

Estevan

Saskatchewan

Winston Churchill High School

Lethbridge

Alberta

Wood Street Centre

Whitehorse

Yukon

Xavier Junior High

Deer Lake

Newfoundland

 

To learn more about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, visit solvefortomorrow.ca, or follow #SamsungSolve on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc.

Samsung Electronics Canada inspires Canadians to reach their full potential through a transformative ecosystem of products and services that deliver innovation and distinct design to every aspect of their connected lives. The company is redefining the worlds of TVs, smartphones, virtual reality and wearable devices, tablets and digital appliances. In 2016, Samsung was ranked in the top 10 most reputable brands in Canada, based on a study by Leger. Dedicated to helping make a difference in the lives of Canadians, Samsung's award-winning Hope for Children corporate giving initiatives supports public education, sustainability and health-related issues in communities across the country. To discover more, please visit www.samsung.com.

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*Data via 'Spotlight on Science Learning 2013: The high cost of dropping science and math'  
http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/were-losing-out---new-report-on-science-learning-reveals-the-economic-burden-of-discontinuing-high-school-science-courses-513071801.html

SOURCE Samsung Electronics Canada Inc.

For further information: Katelin Onishi, North Strategic Public Relations, Katelin.onishi@northstrategic.com


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