High School Eco-Club advances in national technology competition

Posted December 23, 2022 at 12:47 pm by

The San Juan Island School Dis­trict shares good news about the Eco-Club at Fri­day Har­bor High School.

Fri­day Har­bor High School has been named one of 300 final­ists in the 13th annu­al Sam­sung Solve for Tomor­row competition.

Solve for Tomor­row is a nation­al com­pe­ti­tion that chal­lenges U.S. pub­lic school stu­dents in grades 6–12 to explore the role sci­ence, tech­nol­o­gy, engi­neer­ing, and math can play in solv­ing some of the biggest issues in their local communities.

The high school’s Eco-Club stu­dents put togeth­er a pitch to build a more robust emer­gency infor­ma­tion and resource app for our com­mu­ni­ty to help pre­pare for earth­quakes, stronger storms, and poten­tial wild­fire events. They have won $2,500 to help start imple­ment­ing their idea, and if select­ed as the state win­ner will get a $20,000 prize and a poten­tial $50,000 bonus for the high­est-impact-idea award. The nation­al award win­ner receives a $125,000 prize.

The com­pe­ti­tion engages stu­dents in active, hands-on learn­ing that can be applied to real-world prob­lems, mak­ing STEM more tan­gi­ble and show­cas­ing its val­ue beyond the classroom.

Oth­er schools par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion have pro­posed ideas to tack­le geopo­lit­i­cal mat­ters, cli­mate change, school safe­ty, per­son­al safe­ty, men­tal health, school bus com­mut­ing, and more.

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