Broadway Middle School students finalists in nationwide competition
Broadway Middle School is among the nation’s 250 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities.
Out of thousands of schools that entered the contest, the 250 state finalist classrooms — five from each state — were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEM learning. All 250 teachers selected as state finalists will receive one tablet for their classrooms and have the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.
With $2 million in technology on the line, the state finalists will submit a lesson plan detailing how students will execute the proposed STEM project and how it address the identified community issue.
Eighth-grade teacher Jeremy Hirsch submitted the project idea and will be awarded with a tablet for achieving state finalist status.
In the months ahead, Hirsch and his students will work on a project to address congestion of traffic during tsunami evacuations by working with local agencies to identify multiple evacuation routes as well as ways to inform the community about evacuation procedures.
Fifty state winners will be selected to submit a video of their project in action. For achieving state winner status, 40 of those schools will receive a $20,000 Samsung technology package, including a Samsung video kit to produce their video. The other 10 will progress as a national finalist.