RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., December 12, 2014 – Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and teachers to tackle critical issues across the country. One school in each state, and the District of Columbia, will each receive $20,000* in technology – including a Samsung GALAXY Camera™ 2, ATIV Book 9 laptop and Adobe Elements software – to complete the next phase of the competition.

The 51 state winners, listed below, were chosen from a pool of more than 3,100 teachers for their use of STEM skills to address issues that affect their lives and their regions. Topics ranged from water pollution to air quality to public health epidemics. To become a state winner, the teachers submitted lesson plans that illustrated how they would execute their ideas.

“We believe that applying science, technology, engineering and math to real-world challenges can be a powerful tool to engage youth in STEM subjects,” said Ann Woo, director of Corporate Citizenship for Samsung Electronics North America. “We congratulate this year’s state winners on their creative ways to help improve their communities while teaching the leaders of tomorrow. We look forward to watching as their projects evolve.”

In the next phase of the contest, the state winners will work with students to bring the ideas to life. The teams will create videos of their projects, and in February, 15 of the teams will be named national finalists. Following the announcement, the national finalists will present their projects to a live panel of judges in March. Five national grand prize winners will then be selected by a panel of judges, Samsung employees and public online voters.

Additionally, three special awards will be given to contestants in the 51 state winner pool for their pioneering use of math, environmental innovation or civic engagement by DIRECTV, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise, respectively. During the competition, approximately $2 million* of prizes will be presented by Samsung, Adobe, DIRECTV, Fortune, PBS TeacherLine, the National Environmental Education Foundation and Digital Promise. In addition to technology, each teacher who entered the contest received a professional development class from PBS TeacherLine.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest was created in 2010 to encourage innovation while addressing the technology gap in classrooms across the country. The competition is a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow initiative which aims to engage students nationwide in active, hands-on STEM learning. Since 2010, Samsung has invested more than $17 million in support of STEM education to schools, students and teachers across the United States.

The 51 state winners are:

Alabama Moulton Lawrence County High School
Alaska Ketchikan Revilla Alternative Jr./Sr. High School
Arizona Phoenix Clarendon School
Arkansas Norman Caddo Hills High School
California San Jose Downtown College Prep
Colorado Littleton Rocky Heights Middle School
Connecticut Stratford David Wooster Middle School
Delaware Camden Caesar Rodney High School
Florida Niceville Niceville High School
Georgia Lawrenceville Moore Middle School
Hawaii Ewa Beach James Campbell High School
Idaho Ammon Sandcreek Middle School
Illinois Streamwood Streamwood High School
Indiana Gary Frankie Woods McCullough Academy
Iowa Bloomfield Davis County Middle School
Kansas Junction City Junction City High School
Kentucky Stanton Powell County High School
Louisiana Winnfield Winnfield Senior High School
Maine Wells Wells High School
Maryland Frederick Monocacy Middle School
Massachusetts New Bedford Global Learning Charter Public School
Michigan Freeland Freeland Elementary School
Minnesota Babbitt Northeast Range High School
Mississippi Picayune Nicholson Elementary
Missouri Festus Festus Middle School
Montana Lewistown Lewistown Junior High School
Nebraska Fremont Fremont Middle School
Nevada Reno Galena High School
New Hampshire Bow Bow High School
New Jersey Northfield Northfield Community Middle School
New Mexico Taos Taos Middle School
New York Cherry Plain Berlin Jr./Sr. High School
North Carolina Charlotte Myers Park High School
North Dakota Carson Grant County Middle School
Ohio Cedarville Cedar Cliff Schools
Oklahoma Yukon Yukon High School
Oregon Portland Mt. Tabor Middle School
Pennsylvania Erie Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy
Rhode Island Westerly Westerly High School
South Carolina Summerville Ashley Ridge High School
South Dakota Lead Lead-Deadwood High School
Tennessee Columbia Spring Hill High School
Texas Dallas Hillcrest High School
Utah Salt Lake City West High School
Vermont Essex Junction Essex High School
Virginia Centreville Bull Run Elementary School
Washington Vancouver Hudson’s Bay High School
Washington, D.C. Washington Imagine Hope Community Charter School
West Virginia Charleston Andrew Jackson Middle School
Wisconsin Barneveld Barneveld School District
Wyoming Meeteetse Meeteetse Schools

To learn more about the competition, please visit: http://www.samsung.com/solve

*Estimated Retail Value

About Samsung Electronics North America
Samsung Electronics North America (NAHQ), based in Ridgefield Park, NJ, is an arm of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. The company markets a broad range of award-winning consumer electronics, information systems, and home appliance products, as well as oversees all of Samsung’s North American brand management including Samsung Electronics America, Inc., Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC and Samsung Electronics Canada, Inc. As a result of its commitment to innovation and unique design, Samsung is one of the most decorated brands in the electronics industry. For more information, please visitwww.samsung.com. You can also Fan Samsung on www.facebook.com/SamsungUSA or follow Samsung via Twitter@SamsungTweets.



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