Red Deer Public School District

Normandeau named finalist in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge.

The Solve for Tomorrow Challenge asked Canadian students from grades 6 through 12 to identify issues in their local communities and develop solutions using science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

As a regional finalist, Normandeau is now moving closer to being awarded one of four $20,000 Samsung technology grant packages to introduce Samsung technology into the classroom, and could receive the opportunity to attend an exclusive event with Canadian rocket-scientist', Natalie Panek.

Normandeau sent Samsung an essay on a community problem and how students could benefit from Samsung products. Sheila Fowler-Greene, Vice Principal of Normandeau says the essay is what won them a spot in the finals.

“Our school has the challenge of  students with less opportunity to explore the world of science than other students of higher socioeconomic status do. Through using Samsung technology and apps, our school can bring science to them, thus sparking an interest in the school of thought known as science. We can get them to wonder why, and wonder "what if" using technology available through Samsung. This will produce a stronger interest in science and lead to life goals relating to the field of science”

Normandeau's excited about the next step in the competition which is to create a 3 minute video showing how they can improve their school community using STEM and the Samsung products. The video will be filmed with the Galaxy S7.

This initiative is inspiring Normandeau students and getting them closer than ever to STEM subjects, as well as giving students the opportunity to work on a real-world project to help them better their school and community.

 

For more information, please contact:

  • Sheila Fowler-Greene, Vice Principal

  • Normandeau School

  • 403-342-0727