Edward R. Martin Middle School (MMS), a public school that services over 700 6th, 7th, and 8th graders announced today that it has become a Rhode Island state finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. This nationwide competition was created to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities.
Martin Middle School moved onto the next round of the competition after students completed a project using STEM to address the accessibility of technology programs when used by visually impaired students or kinesthetic and auditory learners. For their efforts, the MMS team was awarded two Samsung Galaxy Tabs and the opportunity to win additional prizes. During the next phase of the competition, students will incorporate their learning into a lesson that addresses accessibility issues in an educational setting.
In describing the dedication of her students, computer literacy teacher, Mary Cabral, found the competition a perfect fit for students who have shown an interest in pursuing STEM courses at MMS.
“It is a joy to be able to guide my students through the process of problem solving as they create new solutions. Competitions like this give MMS students a chance to show that they can compete with anyone.”
MMS Assistant Principal, Robert Perry, echoed Cabral’s sentiments in praise of the efforts of MMS students.
“If technology is to be the great equalizer in education settings that it is claimed to be, then we need to increase our students access to the latest innovations. Contests like this not only offer our students a chance to apply the lessons they learn in the classroom, but may also bring into our school much needed equipment to practice on. The efforts of Mrs. Cabral and this group of students has the potential to improve the education of hundreds of kids at MMS.”
MMS Principal Fatima Availa added, “Congratulations to Mrs. Cabral and our students who had the vision to create a tool that meets societal needs, specifically the accessibility needs of one of our own students. Their project required imagination and determination, as well as opportunity and guidance. I am very proud of our school community members who continue to inspire all of us.”
MMS students will learn whether they move on to the next round of the competition in early December. For more information about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, please visit http://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow.