Ridgewood Middle School Named State Finalist in the $2 million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest
ARNOLD • Ridgewood Middle school has become a Missouri state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities. In addition to being awarded two Samsung Galaxy Tabs, one teacher received a professional development course from PBS TeacherLine.
Ridgewood has moved onto this round of the competition for their interest in using STEM to address the needs of physically handicapped students in the school district. Ridgewood Middle is one of four other schools in Missouri to become a state finalist in the contest. During the next phase of the competition, a Ridgewood teacher will create a lesson plan to address the issue in an educational setting. 51 state winners will be announced in early December.
This is Ridgewood’s first time as a state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Ryan Wideman’s application for Ridgewood was selected out of 3,100 applications as one of only five in the state. Should Ridgewood become one of the 51 state winners, the school will receive a video technology kit and a technology package valued at $20,000.
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