From renewable energy to drinking water and school safety concerns, a national competition is looking for the next generation of innovators. Samsung Electronics America knows plenty of young pioneers exist in the Show Me State.

The Samsung “Solve For Tomorrow” competition is intended to inspire public school students, in grades six through 12, to put on their problem-solving thinking cap. Ann Woo, Samsung’s Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship, said the contest challenges students to create tools that will unlock meaningful change in the world around them.

“Missouri actually always delivers great ideas as a state,” said Woo. “We’ve had topics around invasive species in the waterway, to drought, and conservation. It’s been a great experience learning all about Missouri and the diversity of the communities as well as the ecosystems.”

Woo said the heart of the competition lies in recognizing the immense potential of Gen Z, a cohort intrinsically driven to pioneer and build a better future.

“Samsung’s Solve For Tomorrow a competition really celebrates the idea of STEM, that is science, technology, engineering and math, to really invite students and classrooms all around the country to think about how STEM can really be a pivotal tool in your tool belt to create social change,” Woo told Missourinet.

The competition is in its 14th year and includes a $2 million prize pool. Participants have a chance at winning their school $100,000 in Samsung tech products and classroom materials.

Teachers can apply to submit their students’ projects by going to The deadline to sign up is October 27.

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