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School reaches finals in national STEAM competition

March 2, 2018
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Kent Career Center 2018 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow
A student at the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids works on the school's virtual reality app for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Photo via youtube.com

Students from the area are traveling to New York as finalists in a national competition produced by a global technology giant.

Students from the Kent Career Tech Center in Grand Rapids are one of 10 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which encourages teachers and students to solve issues in their local communities using science, technology, engineering, arts and math, or STEAM.

Students at Kent Career Tech Center have developed variations of a virtual reality app that helps students, educators and families accommodate different learning styles, particularly those of students with autism.

The students created a 3-minute video about their project, which is below.

Each of the 10 finalist schools will receive $50,000 in Samsung technology. 

The students will travel to the final competitive event in April, where they will present their projects to a panel of judges.

Three of those groups will be named grand-prize winners and will receive an additional $150,000 in technology for their schools.

A fourth school will be deemed the Community Choice Award winner and take home an additional $15,000 in technology, which will be determined by online public voting.

Anyone can vote online for a project to determine the Community Choice Award winner. Public voting closes at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 2.

There is footage online of the Kent Career Tech Center students learning that they’re finalists.

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