Tulare Union High School (TUHS) in Tulare, Calif. has been named one of two Community Choice Winners in the 11th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). As a Community Choice Winner, TUHS will receive $15,000* in technology and supplies to meet the needs of their classrooms, in addition to the $65,000 they will receive for being named National Finalists.
Emerging from thousands of public school entries from across the country and being selected as one of 75 Semi-Finalists, then one of 10 National Finalists, TUHS ultimately advanced through these competition phases to achieve their status as Community Choice Winner based on the number of votes cast in their favor via social media.
The three National Winners, two Community Choice winners and one Employee Choice winner were revealed in a Virtual Celebration Event on Tuesday, May 18. The event included remarks from Samsung executives and Solve for Tomorrow alumni and can be seen here.
“We are in awe of the resilient, bright young minds who remained nimble despite a challenging school year. Met with virtual and hybrid learning environments, their ability to empathetically approach three of the most critical issues facing our society and each transform an idea into a STEM innovation is nothing short of incredible,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “Tackling social justice, the pandemic and health of our planet, these are the problem-solvers and changemakers who build hope for our future.”
In the state of California, traffic collisions are the leading cause of death for teenagers, according to the CDC. According to the National Safety Council, approximately 38,000 deaths have been caused by traffic collisions, 40% of all car collisions occur at intersections and 21.5% of all car fatalities occur at intersections. To help prevent traffic collisions at intersections and make drivers more aware of their surroundings, the students created a device for car dashboards that uses artificial intelligence to sense stop signs, stop lights and other vehicles, and alert the driver as they approach.