Samsung announces finalists in Canada 150 student competition

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Samsung has announced the regional finalists for its Solve for Tomorrow Challenge.

Students from 150 schools across Canada will be awarded a ‘Samsung technology package,’ that includes a Gear VR, Galaxy Tab A, Galaxy S7, and Samsung Gear 360 camera.

The Solve for Tomorrow Challenge is a STEM competition designed to encourage students between grade six and grade 12 to think of innovative ways to solve problems in their communities.

“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th this year, we are excited to see inspired student solutions come to life that will have local, national, and even global implications,” said Mark Childs, chief brand officer of Samsung Canada, in a media release.

The 150 finalists will use the tech package to complete the second phase of the challenge: Creating a three-minute video that showcases the implementation of their community solution.

Four winners will be chosen to receive a $20,000 Samsung technology grant package and an event with Natalie Panek, a Canadian rocket-scientist and a member of the Canadian contingent working on the European Space Agency’s (ESA) exoMars rover.

“I’m so excited to meet these bright minds of tomorrow through Solve for Tomorrow — who knows, they might be the minds designing the next big space telescope or the spacesuits crew members will wear on a mission to Mars,” said Panek, in the same release.

Samsung will announce the winners of the competition’s second phase on June 19th, 2017.