STEM students at Gering High School have once again continued the streak of advancing a proposed project beyond the first round of consideration in the Samsung ‘Solve for Tomorrow’ contest.
GHS is one of 75 Semi-Finalists in the 11th annual $2 million contesta nationwide education competition that challenges 6th-12th grade students and their teachers to creatively use STEM skills to address a challenge in their community.
The project proposed by teacher Brett Moser’s students is a portable sterilization box for healthcare and first responders to sterilize masks, N95 respirators, and other personal protective equipment. The student project was prompted by the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic, which placed a strain on the resources available to local emergency first responders and health care workers, including personal protective equipment.
As a Semi-Finalist, Gering High School will receive $15,000 to be redeemed on DonorsChoose.org (a nonprofit organization that facilitates direct donations to public school classroom projects) as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note20 to execute their project this school year.
Teachers from the 75 Semi-Finalist schools will each record a video to showcase their project in hopes to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.
10 National Finalist schools will be selected later this spring to participate in the virtual pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. Seven of those ten finalists will be awarded $65,000 in technology and classroom materials while the remaining three will be named National Winners.
Of those three, public voting will also determine two Community Choice winners from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $15,000 in Samsung technology.
The three National Winner schools will receive the grand prize of $130,000 in classroom technology and supplies for their achievement.