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November 14, 2013

SCR-I Among State Finalists for Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Grant

The international technology corporation Samsung strives to prove its dedication to helping people discover a world of possibilities. Thanks to the initiative of a first year educator at Scotland County R-I High School, the local school district has a chance to experience the company's slogan firsthand.

On November 6th, Superintendent Ryan Bergeson learned that the SCR-I district was one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow program.

Solve for Tomorrow was started by Samsung to highlight the company's products and technology that inspire passion and give consumers what they expect, and also what they have never dreamed was possible.

Solve for Tomorrow education contest gives schools across the U.S. the opportunity to raise interest in Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects among students by awarding the schools with a share of over $2 million in technology.

The contest challenges participants to show how STEM subjects can be applied to help improve a local community.

SCR-I high school math teacher Kim Fitzgerald completed the initial contest application outlining the school's technology needs while informing contest judges how the district would use this project to raise student interest in math and science and how students would be engaged to enthusiastically participate.

Over 2,300 applications were received for the initial round. Samsung selected 5 finalists from each state and the District of Columbia as state finalists. The 255 state finalists each receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs for their school.

"The next phase of the contest requires submitting a detailed lesson plan that outlines the project our school would use to answer the question 'Show how STEM can be applied to help improve your local community'," said Fitzgerald. "The project is supposed to take a hands-on approach and focus on applying STEM subjects to local issues."

The three-page lesson plan is due by November 25, 2013 at which time 51 State Winners will be selected. Each state winner will receive a technology package valued at $20,000 and a video kit valued at $1,300 to create a video about the project.

Once the videos are submitted, 15 of the 51 state winners will be invited to complete for the grand prize. These 15 winners will receive technology packages of $35,000 in value and an all expenses paid trip to pitch their video to a panel of judges. Lastly, 5 national winners will be chosen to receive a technology package valued at $140,000 as well as an expenses paid trip to Washington, DC for a celebratory event.

Fitzgerald, the upper-level high school math teacher at SCR-I, responded to a notification made by Bergeson to the districts math and science departments, regarding the grant.

"I was notified on November 6, 2013 that I had been selected as one of the five Missouri State Finalists," Fitzgerald stated.

Scotland County R-I will receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs along with fellow state finalists, St. Louis area schools Hazelwood Central High School, Ridgewood Middle School and Grand Center Arts Academy charter school and Hillsboro R-III High School Alternative Program.

"Now we move on to compete against these four schools for the State Winner award of a $20,000 technology package," Fitzgerald said.

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