Students from Springbrook Public School are regional finalists in Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow Challenge for demonstrating their ability to apply their Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning to help reduce the use of cars and promote walking as the main mode of transportation in their local community.
The inspiration that sparked the students interest in demonstrating how STEM learning can be applied to help improve its local community came from Grade 7 students two guinea pigs, Tina and Caramel. Students designed and built usable homes for their class guinea pigs. Students considered a variety of elements, including Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to build these homes.
As part of the challenge, students hope to inspire more people to walk as an alternative form of transportation. Students recognized that by having less cars, it will help to decrease the amount of fossil fuels in the atmosphere. Students utilized their learnings from multiple science, math and geography stands to use a cross curricular approach to find various solutions to the problem. By using technology in the classrooms, including websites, mobile apps, creating and sending surveys, and creating graphs based on data, students are able to reach out to various community and global organizations to share information surrounding this issue.
The students will continue to use STEM learnings to find solutions to reducing the use of cars as the main mode of transportation and will share their learnings in the regional finals taking place in June. As regional finalists, students won a phone, camera, tablet and a pair of headsets to help support student learning in the classroom. Regional finalists will submit their findings in May and the four Canadian finalists will be announced in June.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge is "designed to boost interest and proficiency in aims Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning." The nationwide contest challenges students and teachers from Grade 6 to 12 to demonstrate how STEM can be applied to help improve its community. The winners will receive $20,000 in Samsung technology to support modern learners.