Calhoun, Kennedy ASR Named Finalists in Samsung Competition

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The Calhoun and Kennedy High School Advanced Science Research programs were chosen as two of five state finalists for the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition.  

Calhoun Advanced Science Research teacher Christine Boyce was the sponsor for the winning team. In the months ahead, Boyce and her students will work on a project to address community issues by working with professionals in the STEM fields such as mathematics, physics and computer science.

“We submitted a proposal to solve a complicated issue that affects our community and will now work on an action plan,” explained Boyce. “We are incorporating a multitude of STEM sciences among other resources to show how our concept will be most beneficial to our community, in hopes of capturing the state finalist honor.”

In the months ahead, Kennedy Advanced Science Research teacher Barbara Franklin and her students, led by junior Josh Abramovich, will work on a project to address the need of disinfecting handrails in public spaces to limit the spread of infectious disease.

“The idea for this project came from Josh and my junior research students are working with him to develop the project further,” Franklin added.

As state finalists, the programs qualify to move onto the second phase of the contest where they will compete for the state winner title. Each program also won a Samsung Tablet for their classrooms.

The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition challenges students in grades 6-12 to apply STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to find creative solutions to real-world issues impacting their local communities.