Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey is celebrating their selection as one of three schools nationally to win the $2 million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest. The Contest challenged 6th to 12th graders to use science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to solve real world problems and foster change in their local communities.
The other school winners were Ashland Middle School in Ashland, Kentucky, and Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Each of the three national winners will receive $150,000 in Samsung technology products for use in their classrooms.
Motivated by a classmate suffering a concussion during football season, students at Cavallini Middle School focused on the 3 million plus concussions reported in 2017-- that are considered only half of the actual concussions sustained because many are not properly reported or detected. The students developed a set of sensors for football helmets that quickly and accurately identify concussions, preventing further brain damage through prompt detection. A video shows their winning project.
“Our sensor, powered by a lithium-ion battery, uses two accelerometers along with a processor to calculate concussions through hits to the body. This data is collected in the app and sent to the coach on the sidelines,” explained Jake Carlin, a student from the Cavallini Middle School team.
Samsung Electronics America, Inc., located in Ridgefield Park, New, Jersey, is not far from the New Jersey based winning middle school. Samsung created the contest in 2010 to address the technology gap in American classrooms, while also encouraging innovation, inspiring hands-on teaching and further learning.
“Each year that passes with the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, we are more impressed and awe-struck with the creative, strategic talent that our students and teachers possess,” said Samsung Electronics America senior director of corporate citizenship, Ann Woo.