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East Duplin High School Advances in National STEM Contest

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East Duplin High School Advances in National STEM Contest

East Duplin HS is a NC State Finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million* nationwide competition that encourages 6th -12th grade students to creatively use STEM(science, technology, engineering and math) skills to solve a community challenge. From a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, only 300 schools have been selected as a State Finalist – and East Duplin HS was one of them!

East Duplin was chosen based on the creative proposal submitted by Mrs. Jackie Smith to address Heat-Related Injuries in our athletes and community members, using STEM learning in her classroom. Jackie Smith, Science Teacher at East Duplin High School who entered the contest shared, “My students and I are thrilled that East Duplin High School was selected as an NC State Finalist for Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow STEM contest.  Students are eager to address Heat-Related Injuries among our school and local communities. Using STEM in the classroom, students will develop and design a solution to a real-world issue in our communities.” As a NC State Finalist, Mrs. Smith will receive a Samsung tablet for her classroom and has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes.

Scott Ballard, Principal at East Duplin High School shared, “Once again, our school is proud of what we see coming from our students in Ms. Jackie Smith's classes.  She puts her students in a position to where they must think creatively, cooperatively, and in such a way as to solve real-world problems. They are building skills that they will utilize for the rest of their lives.”

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this 2019-2020 school year, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest fosters critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills among thousands of students across the country.

Nicole Murray, Senior Administrator for STEAMA Curriculum and Instruction/PD, shared, “Through participation in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, Ms. Smith is providing her students with a relevant, integrated, and engaging STEAMA learning experience.  Working to solve a local issue will allow these students to incorporate skills and content knowledge from a variety of subject areas while enhancing their problem-solving abilities. Congratulations to Ms. Smith and her students on this accomplishment.”

“Since launching the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a decade ago, we’ve seen students tackle some of the biggest issues facing their generation and this year is no different,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “From suicide prevention to single-use plastic alternatives, teachers and students are stepping up to creatively address these important issues head-on. We’re thrilled to congratulate the State Finalists of the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and look forward to seeing these STEM projects progress in the coming months.”

Congratulations East Duplin High School!