SOURCE: Samsung Electronics America
U.S. Government Officials and Samsung Celebrate the Winners of the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest
Congressional leaders were among those who gathered in Washington, D.C. yesterday to celebrate the five grand prize winners of the 5th Annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest – a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education among U.S. public schools.
Chosen from more than 3,100 applicants nationwide, winners from California, Mississippi, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Washington have spent the past several months using STEM to address issues impacting their communities. The students and teachers from each school were honored at a luncheon held at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., providing the opportunity to meet, interact, and share their innovative projects with congressional leaders including former Senator John Sununu and former Governor Haley Barbour who shared their insights about STEM and its importance to the growth of our economy during the event.
"STEM plays a vital role in our economy," said Senator Sununu. "The tools and technology we have today are creating new opportunities. Helping our students develop these analytical skills gives them the ability to expand their careers and provides the framework to fill the skills needed in our expanding technology economy. I hope our students go after what excites them and the rewards will come."
Governor Barbour added that the U.S. must not only work harder, but smarter in today's competitive global marketplace.
"By working smarter," he said, "our workforce must be innovative, and innovation is often a direct result of a STEM-related field. STEM jobs are everywhere. The fact that Samsung is helping to prepare our children to hold those jobs is indispensable."
In addition to the honoring the schools, Samsung also recognized Senator Roger Wicker, Senator John Cornyn and Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren as Samsung Solve for Tomorrow STEM Champions for making great strides in advocating for and advancing STEM education in K-12 schools.