Spokane high school wins statewide “Solve for Tomorrow” contest

Spokane high school wins statewide “Solve for Tomorrow” contest

Innovation High School, a charter high school in Spokane, has been named the Washington state winner in the Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” contest.

The nationwide contest aims to raise enthusiasm in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects by encouraging teachers and students to solve issues in their community using STEM skills.

The selection committee said because of Innovation’s “unique solution to inspire change” they were awarded the state honor for their proposed plan to address domestic violence. There were thousand of entries nationwide. The project was led by teacher Kris Daratha, and his 10th grade students. They addressed what they called “the largest public health issue in the community is domestic violence, which accounts for 1/4 of all crime in Spokane County.”

The Samsung “Solve for Tomorrow” contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Innovation High School is among the nation’s 50 state winners and wins $20,000 in technology for its achievement. The school will also receive a Samsung video kit to create and submit a three-minute video that showcases their project.

Next, they try to win additional prizes and educational opportunities at the national level.

“The scale and importance of the issues addressed in this year’s contest reflect how students are taking responsibility for their role as change agents for the future,” said Ann Woo, senior director of corporate citizenship, Samsung Electronics America. “These state winners and trailblazing teachers and students are taking action to create tangible solutions and promote positive change. Samsung is proud to support their vision for a brighter future and looks forward to seeing how they will use imagination and creativity with complex technologies such as VR and 3D printing to bring these projects to life.”

The 10th graders plan is to design an app that will allow people to report domestic violence directly to the police department without being detected by their abuser. By providing a safe and secure way for people to report these crimes discreetly and without the fear of further abuse, they believe, people in need will feel more confident to ask for help.

Ten national finalists will be selected to attend a “pitch event” in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, 7 schools will get a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will go on to the national stage.

Three national grand prize winners will be selected, and each will get a $100,000 Samsung technology package.

Good luck, Innovation High School!

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