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Northeast High School Named National Finalist in Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow”

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Northeast High School Named National Finalist in Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” Contest
Students Create Life Saving Technology

Congratulations to Northeast High School for being one of 15 national finalists in the Samsung “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 community issues across the country.

Northeast High was named the state’s first place winner in January, receiving $40,000 and becoming one of 51 schools (representing all 50 states and Washington, DC) chosen from 4,100 entries. The Northeast High Engineering Projects in Community Service student team is now vying to be one of five national winners to receive $120,000 in Samsung equipment and technology for their schools.

Teams were challenged to explore how STEM addresses issues that affect their lives and their regions, ranging from water pollution to health and safety. The Northeast High team addressed the issue of rip current accidents, using the tragic loss of a classmate who drowned in a rip current as inspiration for creating a rip current warning system. The team created a design for a special buoy that would warn swimmers at the beach that a rip current was nearby. The floating sensor would have an underwater, remote-controlled robot to guide it into place, depending on where lifeguards deemed rip currents most likely to form on any given day.

Members of the Northeast High team and their teacher Randa Flinn, will travel to New York next week to take part in a presentation and final judging of their project. Part of the team's score is based on community support as evidenced by how many hashtags are counted using #SamsungSolve and #SamsungSolveNEHS. The public is invited to help the team win by using both hashtags in social media.

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