Following a successful 2016 campaign that saw over 650 Canadian schools participate, Samsung Electronics Canada Inc. today announced the official launch of the 2017 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. The national educational initiative aims to inspire Canadian students to reach their full potential and get closer to STEM subjects by applying STEM to help solve community issues. Samsung will award 150 Finalist schools with technology grants, with four of these 150 schools having a chance to be awarded one of four grand prize technology grants, valued at $20,000 each.
“In a year where we celebrate Canada’s 150th, we are committed to helping the bright minds of the next 150 reach their full potential through STEM education, benefiting the Canadian communities they call home,” said Mark Childs, Chief Brand Officer, Samsung Electronics Canada.
Teachers of classrooms from Grades 6 to 12 can now enter the contest on behalf of their class at solvefortomorrow.ca by April 13th, 2017. All eligible entries will be judged based on the criteria outlined in the Official Rules, and a minimum of 37 entries from each of the four regions below (for a total of 150) will be deemed Regional Finalists.
The four (4) regions are:
- Western Canada: British Columbia, Alberta and Yukon
- Central Canada: Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
- Eastern Canada: Ontario and Quebec
- Atlantic Canada: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador
The 150 Regional Finalists will each receive Samsung Solve for Tomorrow technology grant kits including a Samsung GearVR and Gear360 innovation to help produce a short video submission of their project. A panel of judges will select four Regional Winners from these final 150 submissions, who will each receive $20,000 in Samsung technology for their school and be part of an exclusive Canada 150-themed celebration in Summer 2017.
Solve for Tomorrow is supported by The Learning Partnership, a national charitable organization dedicated to advancing public education in Canada, and Let’s Talk Science, a charitable youth development organization which creates and delivers free STEM learning programs and services that support educators and strengthen student learning outcomes.
“Let’s Talk Science is proud to partner on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. We believe that the Challenge provides a meaningful learning opportunity, unleashing students’ potential to develop and use STEM-based skills to improve their community,” said Dr. Bonnie Schmidt, President of Let’s Talk Science. “It showcases the relevance of STEM in our world and the fundamental importance of STEM-based skills for our future.”
“The Learning Partnership is delighted once again to partner with Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow Challenge to develop and nurture STEM learning among Canadian students,” says Michelle Beveridge, Interim President and CEO of The Learning Partnership. “Schools need technology and innovation support. The workforce is becoming increasingly global and technology-focused, and STEM skills are needed to ensure students are empowered to compete in our global economy.”
Stay tuned for specific details and updates via solvefortomorrow.ca, and follow @SamsungCanada and #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