HMS Named Semi-Finalist in National STEM Contest from Samsung

Selected from a nationwide pool of applicants, Hickory Middle School was named a Semi-Finalist in the 11th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages 6th-12th grade students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Paula Labbe, Pat Rose and their eighth-grade students are one of 75 Semi-Finalists and will receive $15,000 to be redeemed on DonorsChoose.org as well as a Samsung Galaxy Note20 to execute their project this school year, whether they are engaging in a virtual, in-person or hybrid teaching environment. All 75 Semi-Finalist schools will work on their projects and record a video to showcase their project in hopes to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. HMS students will design, build, and program an automated hands-free door opening systems that will increase security and reduce disease transmission.

National Finalist schools will be selected later this spring to participate in the virtual pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, seven of these schools will be awarded $65,000 in technology and classroom materials while the remaining three will be named National Winners.  Public voting will also determine two Community Choice winners from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $15,000 in Samsung technology.  Three National Winner schools will receive the grand prize of $130,000 in Samsung technology.