The call for entries has been sounded for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, a globally recognized educational program that aims to support young Filipino innovators.
Samsung Philippines teamed up with the Department of Education to launch the innovative competition which fosters critical thinking, creative problem-solving, and teamwork to encourage social innovation ideas that address pressing community issues.
- The Solve for Tomorrow program is targeted toward youth who are taking on the STEM track from Grades 8-12.
- Interested applicants should consist of students and a teacher
- Applications are submitted through the official Samsung website.
- Entries are welcome from individuals or teams with a maximum of eight members
- Schools may enter as many individuals or teams as they wish.
Applicants are required to submit a written plan of up to 1,000 words about the issue or problem they wish to solve, a poster or diagram of their plan, a comprehensive PowerPoint presentation of up to 10 slides, or a five-minute video presentation.
CONTEST SCHEDULE AND PRIZES
Solve for Tomorrow will run in three stages from May to December, with prizes worth over PHP1.5 million awaiting the winners, including their respective teachers and schools.
- Qualified entries will go through a preliminary round in June, and shortlisted teams will move to the semi-final round, lasting until October.
- During this period, they will receive workshops and mentorship to build a prototype of their solution.
- Only five teams will advance to the final round, where the students will present their prototypes to a panel of judges, and three individuals or teams will be announced as winners.
The Solve for Tomorrow program aims to enhance the students’ technical and 4C skills (cooperation, communication, creativity, and critical thinking). Samsung’s efforts in promoting STEM education in the country are a significant step towards addressing the challenges faced in the Philippines, and the company’s commitment to the community is laudable.
Since its global launch in 2010, Solve for Tomorrow has provided an opportunity for students worldwide to turn their imaginative ideas into practical solutions. The program aims to empower STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students to share and realize their ideas to solve societal challenges and make an impact in their local communities.
Solve for Tomorrow offers a unique learning experience, enabling participants to leverage their STEM expertise and acquire valuable skills throughout the entire journey. As of 2020, the CSR program has benefited over 2 million people and expanded to over 50 markets, including the Philippines in 2023.
In the 2022 edition of the Global Innovation Index, which measures economic progress and competitiveness, the Philippines slipped eight spots to rank 59th in the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) scales in reading, math, and science. In the first participation of the Philippines in the PISA in 2018, Filipino students ranked the lowest in reading comprehension among 79 countries and second lowest in both mathematical and scientific literacy.
Minsu Chu, president of Samsung Philippines, stated that the company is committed to giving back to the community through STEM education. “Every young person deserves to unlock his or her full potential, regardless of circumstances. Samsung believes in developing young minds and equipping them with resources and opportunities that nurture their dreams, so they can generate positivity that also inspires fellow young people,” said Chu.
Filipino students and teachers have been called to join contests that showcase their innovativeness and creativity such as digital art contests and global hackathons.
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