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Opportunity for USA 6-12th Grade Teachers to Participate
in a Competition to Engage Students in STEM Projects

Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Education Contest

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Samsung

LOI Date:

11/08/21

Deadline Date:

01/27/22 11:59 PM ET

Description:

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Opportunity for USA public school teachers of grades 6-12 to participate in a contest to engage students in STEM-related projects. Eligible projects address community issues and give students the opportunity to gain experience and build critical thinking skills. Winners will receive prize packages of technology, materials, and resources valued at $10,000, $50,000, or $100,000.

Benefits:

  • Students will improve their STEM toolkit, get hands-on experience for higher education, and finalists will receive one-on-one project mentorship from Samsung employees.
  • Just by applying, teachers will receive free professional development opportunities from Samsung such as Teacher Academy and access to education platforms like Nepris.
  • Raise awareness of important issues impacting the community, foster social responsibility in the next generation of leaders, and receive up to $100,000 in Samsung technology for the school.

Contest Phases: 

  • Phase One: Entry Submission
  • Phase Two: Video Entry Submissions. 
  • Phase Three (Social Media Voting): National Finalists’ videos will be displayed and will participate in the Public Voting process to determine the “Community Choice” winner.
  • Phase Four - Final Judging: Each of the National Finalists will virtually pitch their demo or prototype to a judging panel. National Finalist videos will still be judged by a panel of qualified Judges.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161778

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 100 Semi Finalists, 10 National Finalists, 3 Grand Prize Winners, 7 Pitch Prize Winners, 1 Community Choice Winner, 1 Employee Choice Winner, 1 Sustainability Innovation Award Winner

Estimated Size of Grant:

Phase One State Winner Prize: Each State Winner (up to 100 winning Entries) will receive the following prize package: State Winners will receive one (1) Samsung Video Kit (approximate retail value $2,600) Video kit materials to be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion (based on availability) to assist in video development. State Winners will also receive $6,500 prize package to be redeemed through DonorsChoose

From the one hundred (100) State Winners, one (1) Sustainability Innovation Award winner demonstrating outstanding consideration for environmental impact will be selected to receive a $10,000 environmental sustainability prize package from DonorsChoose.

Ten (10) National Finalists Trips: Each winning National Finalists will receive the following: Trip for up to (4) to attend the Pitch / National Finalist (“Event”) Announcements. An authorized officer of the winning school and/or the entrant/teacher with two (2) or three (3) students (up to four (4) participants in total only) will be invited to the Pitch / National Finalist announcement scheduled to take place in New York (exact date to be determined by Sponsor). Trip consists of the following: round trip coach commercial air transportation for up to four (4) from a major U.S. gateway airport nearest school’s location (as determined by Sponsor) to the Pitch / National Finalist location; up to four (4) standard hotel rooms for three (3) days/two (2) nights (minimum) at a hotel designated by Sponsor; and ground transportation to/from hotel and airport in destination city. Approximate retail value: $6,500 per prize package.

Seven (7) Pitch/National Finalist Prizes: Prize consists of the following elements: $50,000 Prize Package. Seven (7) National Finalists must make Prize selection on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Prize fulfillment website on DonorsChoose.org.

One (1) “Community Choice Award” Prize: The school with the greatest number of eligible votes during the Phase Four Social Media Voting will win a $10,000 technology prize package to be redeemed through DonorsChoose, in addition to the National prize won.

One (1) “Employee Choice Award” Prize: The school with the greatest number of eligible employee votes during the Samsung Employee Voting period will win a $10,000 prize package to be redeemed through DonorsChoose, in addition to the National prize won.

Three (3) National Winner Grand Prizes: Prize consists of the following elements: $100,000 Prize Package. 3 National Winners must make prize selection on the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow prize fulfillment website on DonorsChoose.org.

Additional information about the national prizes can be found on page 9 of the Rules Document. See Supporting Documents, below.

Term of Contract:

Prize Packages must be redeemed on DonorsChoose no later than Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Contest is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older and currently employed as full-time teachers in a public Middle School, Junior High School, or High School, grades 6-12, including Charter Schools that are 50% or more publicly funded (“Entrant”).

Home School, Elementary School up to grade 5, privately funded Charter School (Iess than 50% publicly funded), Private School, College or University teachers are not eligible to participate or win. Employees of Sponsor, Administrator, and each of their respective parents, affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, retailers, distributors and suppliers (collectively the "Contest Entities"), and the immediate families (spouse, parents, children and siblings and their respective spouses, regardless of where they reside) and individuals living in the same households of any of the foregoing individuals, whether or not related, are ineligible to participate or win a prize. Subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations.

Entry Note: Entrants are responsible for confirming whether their school has any policies or restrictions concerning participation in Contests such as this prior to entering. The awarding of prizes is subject to such school policies. If, for any reason, any school is unable to accept a prize, including due to school policies, the prize will be forfeited and Sponsor will not have any further obligation to such school. Prizes will be awarded to the school for the benefit of the teacher submitting the Entry. By entering the Contest, you authorize the Sponsor and Administrator to communicate with you via email, phone, voice mail messaging or by text messaging to communicate Contest information.

Sponsor encourages teachers to follow their local Districts guidance for COVID19/pandemic procedures throughout the contest.

Pre-Application Information:

The “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” 2021-2022 Education Contest (the “Contest”) Entry Period begins at 12:00:01 p.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on Thursday, September 16 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. ET on Monday, November 8, 2021 (“Contest Entry Period”). The Contest will be divided into four (4) phases, as outlined below.

Entry Phases:
- Phase One: Entry Submission: You may register for the Contest by visiting www.Samsung.com/Solve during the Contest Entry Period, logging in to the contest registration page, and following the directions to complete and submit the Official Registration Form which will include answering the initial Registration question “identify a problem in your community and how you will solve it using STEM” (collectively, the Registration”). Phase One State Winner Notification: Each potential State Winner will be notified via telephone, text, and/or email on or about Thursday, November 18, 2021.

- Phase Two Video Entry Submissions: To participate in Phase Two, each State Winner and his or her students must produce and submit one (1) video of up to 3-minutes in length, demonstrating how STEM can be applied to help improve their community. Video should show the application of a specific STEM activity/topic used to address the issue raised in their Entry submitted in Phase One. Upon receipt of all completed documents (as specified above) by the Administrator from each State Winner, Video must be uploaded before Thursday, January 27, 2022 at 11:59:59 p.m. ET to be eligible. Judges will select a total of ten (10) National Finalists (“National Finalists”). The ten (10) National Finalists will be announced on or about Wednesday, February 9, 2022.

- Phase Three (Social Media Voting): All ten (10) National Finalists’ videos will be displayed and will participate in the Public Voting process to determine the “Community Choice” winner. Social media voting will begin on or around 12:01:01 p.m. ET Wednesday, February 9, 2022 an end at 11:59:59 p.m. Saturday, March 26, 2022 ("Public Voting Period").

- Phase Four Final Judging: Each of the ten (10) National Finalists and authorized officer of the winning school will be invited, along with entrant to New York by the Sponsor on or about April 2022 (exact date to be determined by Sponsor) to present their concept to a panel of judges (the "Pitch").

- Winning School Notifications: National Winner Prize results will be announced on or about Monday, March 28, 2022

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:
https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/signin/

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