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PHS Engineering Students Win National Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

Porter High School engineering students won the grand prize of $130,000 in technology and resources for their school in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” nationwide contest. This prize is in addition to the $65,000 they had already won earlier this month for becoming one of the 10 finalist schools. This nationwide contest is designed to boost interest and proficiency in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities.

The students at PHS designed and developed Gen-Bridge, an app and a website for local nursing home residents affected by COVID-19-related depression and isolation to provide them social interaction. They later raised funds to purchase and donate gently used tablets with Gen-Bridge pre-installed for the nursing home residents, lessening the effect of isolation and greatly impacting their social lives.