Loudoun Valley High School's STEM Club has been named one of 15 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Loudoun Valley High School will receive $40,000 in technology grants for this honor.
Previously, Valley's STEM Club was named a state finalist and had received $20,000 in technology grants. As a state winner, the students were given an assignment to produce a video about their project to solve a community problem.
The project proposed by the students at Valley is to design and create a safety alert system for the Washington and Dominion Trail. The system will be wireless, solar-powered and weatherproof. If they are successful, the students hope their invention could be expanded for use in other rural areas with poor cell phone coverage, such as national parks.
The video about their project was posted online for public voting. Five national winners will be selected from the pool of 15 national finalists. One winner will be selected through public voting, one will be selected by the employees of Samsung and three will be selected by a panel of judges.
STEM Club members Malcolm Miller and Riley Schnee will represent the Valley students in New York City at a live pitch event in which they will share this project with judges.
Members of the Valley STEM Club are Gwen Eging, Morgan Freiberg, Summer Harvey, Riley Herr, Jackson Kennedy, Sean Lohr, Blake Messegee, Malcolm Miller, Ethan Rodriguez, Riley Schnee and Graeson Smith. The STEM Club sponsor is Jose Rodriguez.
Rodriguez was the recipient of a $500 Loudoun Education Foundation (LEF) Teacher Classroom Grant in the Fall of 2014. These funds were used to purchase the Arduino microprocessors the STEM Club is using in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.