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Miami-Area School Wins Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest Grand Prize

Miami-Dade County School District

Miami-Area School Wins Samsung's $1 Million 'Solve for Tomorrow' Contest Grand Prize

Samsung's national education contest, "Solve for Tomorrow," named Leewood K-8 school in Miami, Fla. one of its five grand-prize winners, awarding more than $100,000 in technology products, such as smart boards, LED TVs, and laptops. All five winning schools will meet with congressional leaders during a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., on April 17.

More than 1,600 schools from across the nation entered the contest with an essay submission on how STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) can help the environment in their community.

Seventy-five semi-finalist classrooms - 25 from each of the following three categories: rural, suburban, urban - then received a Samsung camcorder, laptop, and Adobe editing software to create videos for the video phase of the contest.

In Leewood K-8 school's video, seventh-grade students traveled to Florida's everglades to collect water samples from a variety of habitats and analyze them in the student lab. With more than 63,000 votes, Leewood K-8 school's video, "Today's Kids Improving the Environment for a Healthier Tomorrow - Caring for the Soil, Water and Eco-system Now!," got enormous attention on Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" website.