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Students Move Forward in STEAM Contest


COLUMBIA, S.C. — The Richland Two Institute of Innovation (R2i2) was named a South Carolina winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Kristin Bullington’s Next Energy Engineering and Michael Ann Fitch’s Food Entrepreneurship classes were chosen for their proposal to use STEAM skills to address reducing food waste and producing bioenergy. To tackle this project, students will partner to innovate food composting for urban container gardens and for methane production as biofuel. The students are working on an activity plan, outlining their project development and the issue it will work to solve.

Students won a Samsung Chromebook to use in their classrooms. In the next step of the competition, 51 (out of 255) state winners will be selected to submit a video of their project in action. For achieving state winner status, 41 of those schools will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package, including a Samsung video kit to produce their video. The other 10 will progress to the national finalist stage. The national finalists will attend a pitch event where they will pitch their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage and will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package. All of the 10 national finalists will be eligible to win an additional $20,000 Samsung technology package based on social media voting.

R2i2 focuses on preparing students for the workplace, certification programs and/or higher education in order to meet workforce needs in the Midlands and throughout the state. Through R2i2, the district will continue to work with regional business partners and colleges and universities to provide learning opportunities that are dynamic and constantly evolving to follow industry trends and market changes. Students take Apple App Development; 3D Printing & Design; Global Logistics & Supply Chain Management; Making and Managing Money: Managerial Accounting & Managerial Finance; Next Energy & Fuel Cell Engineering; and Entrepreneurship through Mobile and Non-Traditional Food and Service. Classes are open to all Richland Two students in grades 10–12.