A team of sixth grade students from Edgerton Elementary—led by Laura Mittelbrun, the school’s media specialist—are state-level winners of the 10th Annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The nationwide competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to develop solutions to a problem in their community using science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
Edgerton students came up with the idea to develop a wash to remove invasive species, like milfoil, from the bottom of boats to prevent the invasive species from spreading to lakes. Edgerton was selected over four other semi-finalists from Minnesota, and is among 100 state finalists nationwide.
The school will receive $15,000 in Samsung technology and classroom resources as a prize, and will advance in the contest for the opportunity to win additional prizes and educational opportunities. Over the next two months, Edgerton and other state winners will develop their STEM prototypes and submit a three-minute video that showcases their project in action for a chance to be named one of 20 national finalist schools in March. If selected as a national finalist, they could win $50,000 in technology and classroom materials. Five grand prize national winner schools will receive a total of $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to present their projects to members of Congress.