New York - Samsung presented $1 million in technology, including a grand prize of $155,000 to West Salem High School of Oregon, as part of its Solve For Tomorrow contest.
The presentation was made today at the Samsung Experience showroom, here, in partnership with Grammy Award winner and Show Me Campaign founder John Legend.
The contest, which is part of Samsung's Hope for Children initiative, is a national science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition. During the last six months, more than 1,100 schools from across the country have competed for $1 million in technology from Samsung and its partners Microsoft, DirecTV and the Adobe Foundation.
As part of Samsung's Hope for Children initiative, and in partnership with Change the Equation and the National Environmental Education Foundation, Solve for Tomorrow aims to increase student interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
David Steel, executive VP of strategy and corporate communications, Samsung Electronics America, said, "We know everyone is excited to win this technology, but for us the real win is the enthusiasm and excitement that the program has generated in STEM at schools across the country."
West Salem High School will choose from a range of technology prizes, including projectors, smart boards, LED TVs, printers, laptops and software. The total grand-prize package is valued at $155,000. The school's use of technology, innovative thinking and creativity were key factors in setting it apart from the other schools, which was recognized by both a public voting panel and Samsung's panel of judges.
"Solving the crisis in America's public education system is one of the most critical issues of our time, and Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow competition is an example of a large corporation using its resources to harness the enthusiasm that so many children have for learning," said John Legend.
The singer, who has partnered with Samsung on this and other initiatives also founded the Show Me Campaign, which aims to end educational inequality by spreading awareness about the issue and inspiring citizens to fight for every American childÂ¹s right to a quality public education.
The five finalists honored at the event each received at least $80,000 in additional technology and were selected through a combination of public online voting and Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow panel of judges. The panelists included representatives from Samsung, Microsoft, the Adobe Foundation, the National Environmental Education Foundation, Communities in Schools, Great Schools, USA Today Education and Change the Equation, as well as Steve Smith, editor in chief of TWICE.
Additional information is available through the Samsung Facebook Solve tab at
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