Five Florida schools were recently named state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, including one local middle school. Orlando’s Walker Middle School (WMS) is among 255 state finalists in the program, which encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum.
Students from WMS will be joined by Countryside High School in Clearwater, Meigs Middle School in Shalimar, Northeast High School in Oakland Park and South Miami Middle School in South Miami in creating lesson plans that put their ideas into action. From there, 51 state winners – representing all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., – will be selected to receive $20,000 in technology for their respective schools. These state winners will be revealed this month. Fifteen national finalists will be selected from the state winners and they will pitch their idea live in New York to a panel of judges, and America will be able to vote on their favorite idea. An award ceremony in Washington D.C. will reveal the five national winners. Winning students will have the opportunity to meet congressmen and senators.