Byron middle school named state finalist for STEM competition

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(ABC 6 News) – Byron Middle School has been named one of 50 State Winners in the 13th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. As a result, they will be awarded a $12,000 prize package.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition encourages U.S. public school students in grades 6-12 to explore the role of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in solving real-world problems in their local communities. This hands-on learning approach showcases the value of STEM beyond the classroom. This year’s competition included entries addressing environmental sustainability, school safety, water conservation, health, and other issues.

BMS Design Studio’s 8th grade students in Ms. Donlin, Mr. Leloux, and Mr. Daggett’s classes designed a project called The Cubby. The innovative project aims to address basic needs within the community, starting at the school level, and supporting fellow students. The Cubby Project incorporates app development, community outreach, and a physical structure crafted with technical skills acquired through each class.

“We extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone who has supported us thus far, and we look forward to advancing to the national finalist round of the contest,” says Katie Donlin, Byron Middle School STEM teacher.

Out of the 50 State Winners, 10 National Finalists will be selected to pitch their project to judges during an in-person event in May. Three teams will be named National Winners, each receiving a $100,000 prize package. The remaining seven National Finalists will each receive a $50,000 prize package. Additionally, one of the 50 State Winners will be honored with the Sustainability Innovation Award, and the public will vote online to choose one Community Choice Winner. Samsung employees will also name this year’s Employee Choice Winner.

For more information on Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, visit HERE.