Taos Academy advances in nationwide STEM competition

By Doug Cantwell
Posted 1/8/20

Taos Academy has advanced to the final round of Samsung's 'Solve for Tomorrow' nationwide STEM contest , along with two other New Mexico schools.

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Taos Academy advances in nationwide STEM competition


Taos Academy has advanced to the final round of Samsung's Solve for Tomorrow nationwide STEM contest.

Two other New Mexico schools, Mescalero Apache High School in Mescalero and Ojo Amarillo Elementary School in Fruitland, also advanced to the state-winner level. Each of the three schools will receive $15,000 worth of Samsung technology and classroom electronics.

Samsung Electronics America announced the 100 state winners Wednesday (Jan. 8) in its $3 million nationwide competition that challenges grade 6-12 students to develop solutions using science, technology, engineering and math skills to spark change in their communities. Each state-level winner advances in the contest for the opportunity to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.

In honor of the competition's 10th anniversary, Samsung is increasing the prize pool by $1 million, awarding more schools and providing additional resources. Top teams in each state were selected for their outstanding activity plan proposals, which outline how students will execute their project. This year, students and teachers identified issues that are personal to them and critical to their communities, ranging from water quality and recycling to mental health and bullying.

In December, the Taos Academy Ultrasonic Conflagration Reduction Device project was named one of 20 winners in the first-ever New Mexico Governor's STEM Challenge. Taos High students also won that competition with their plan for a solar-powered computer lab. They advanced to the previous round in the Samsung competition but didn't make it to the State Winner level. 

Additional details will appear in the Jan. 16 Taos News.


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