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Livonia Named Louisiana State Finalist in Samsung’s STEM Contest

Livonia Named Louisiana State Finalist in Samsung’s STEM Contest

Livonia High School, a public school in Pointe Coupee Parish, is a Louisiana State Finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million* nationwide competition that encourages 6-12th grade students to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to solve a community challenge. From a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, only 300 schools have been selected as a State Finalist – and Livonia High School is among that elite group!

Livonia High was chosen based on the creative proposal submitted by biology teacher, Mark Zweig, to address the worsening salt-water intrusion into the local aquifer using STEM learning in his classroom. He has already met with a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana. Plans for this student project include not only bringing the issue to the stakeholders, but to experiment and supply a solution and its cost of implementation to those from whom a change is desired (Georgia Pacific; ExxonMobil; Entergy Corporation; Honeywell; Eco-Services). Mr. Zweig hopes to able to empower his students to solve a serious community problem as well as being involved in the lobbying of the solution. As a Louisiana State Finalist,

Mr. Zweig will receive a Samsung tablet for his classroom and has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes. Celebrating its 10 th anniversary this 2019-2020 school year, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving skills among thousands of students across the country.

“Since launching the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a decade ago, we’ve seen students tackle some of the biggest issues facing their generation and this year is no different,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “From suicide prevention to single use plastic alternatives, teachers and students are stepping up to creatively address these important issues head-on. We’re thrilled to congratulate the State Finalists of the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and look forward to seeing these STEM projects progress in the coming months.”