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UHS, MHS nationwide finalists in Samsung tech contest

Morgantown Excessive and College Excessive colleges are each state finalists in a nationwide contest designed to get college students serious about how expertise can ease societal woes.

The 2 native colleges are among the many 300 center colleges and excessive colleges throughout the nation to make the reduce in “Remedy for Tomorrow,” which is yearly hosted by Samsung Electronics America.

Samsung launched the competitors in 2010 as a solution to encourage inventive considering and problem-solving in society, utilizing the parts of STEM (science, expertise, engineering and math).

MHS was additionally a nationwide finalist throughout final yr’s competitors.

It isn’t a science fiction or cyberpunk train, stated Ann Woo, who heads the conglomerate’s company citizenship division within the U.S., which oversees “Remedy for Tomorrow.”

Over time, Woo stated, budding-futurists within the competitors have taken all the pieces from faculty security to emotional wellness — with entries geared both to their particular communities or the world-at-large.

A highschool in Florida formulated an app geared to detect the onset of sport-related warmth stroke on the enjoying subject, which is essential within the Sunshine State throughout two-a-day soccer practices in August.

One other highschool in Texas devised a monitoring system to assist forestall the scourge of colony collapse within the bee inhabitants.

And one other in Georgia created a monitoring system and accompanying app geared to scale back the prevalence of “evening terrors” amongst veterans and others affected by post-traumatic stress.

Different colleges have addressed local weather change, cybersecurity, scholar emotional well being and meals insecurity of their tasks.  

“Their dedication to creating a tangible impression speaks volumes in regards to the transformative energy of schooling and expertise,” Woo stated.

Right here at residence, Monongalia County’s faculty district is getting down to do exactly that.

The district is embarking on a brand new enterprise in tech with its Renaissance Academy, a proposed $72 million stand-alone STEM faculty it needs to have constructed and open to college students by 2027.

John Chadwick is an architect and former faculty administrator who’s overseeing the undertaking by means of the DLR Group, the architectural agency that’s designing the college.

“This isn’t ‘your grandfather’s vo-tech,’” Chadwick instructed Mon’s Board of Schooling members throughout a current informational session.

In the meantime, nationwide winners every earn a prize package deal price $100,000 — with winners introduced in late January, Samsung stated.

Go to to be taught extra in regards to the contest and final yr’s high entries.

The opposite West Virginia finalists: Greenbrier East Excessive College, in Lewisburg; Oceana Center College, in Oceana; Pineville Center College, in Pineville; and Wyoming County East Excessive College, in New Richmond.

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