Charlottetown Rural High School vying for grand prize in Samsung contest
School has chance to win $50,000 in new technology with online voting
Charlottetown Rural School has made it to the top 11 schools vying to win one of the two grand prize of $50,000 in new technology in the national Samsung contest called Solve For Tomorrow.
If they win, IB biology class will also be featured in a video with YouTube stars Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown of AsapSCIENCE.
Two schools have the chance to win — one through online voting and the other through judging. Charlottetown Rural Voting begin March 21 and continues until April 18 and the two top winners will be announced April 25.
For their submission, the school's IB biology class created a website to encourage young people to choose a career in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) field, and hosted a day of science experiments with junior high kids.
The school will be getting $20,000 in new technology for being named as a finalist, but doesn't know yet what that will mean for the school, says teacher co-odinator, Patricia Shields.
"You know we're just excited that we're named the finalists, and I know we'll work out those details in the next few weeks, and at that point we'll have a better idea at the type of equipment and figure out the best use for it in the building," said Shields.
"I mean we've got a large student population so we'll certainly be able to put good use to it. It's great that little Prince Edward Island can be represented on a national stage, and a great affirmation of all the hard work that the students put in to our project."
Charlottetown Rural High School was one of five P.E.I. schools that made it to the semi-finals.
Schools in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Newfoundland also made the top 11 finalists.