A seventh-grade math teacher at Crownover Middle School in the Denton ISD was selected as a finalist for Samsung’s national “Solve for Tomorrow” technology contest.
Robert (B.J.) Garcia and his students received $25,000 in Samsung technology for their project designing portable housing for disaster victims, according to the school district.
“Students will never remember a test grade or a worksheet, but a hands-on practical experience such as this is something they will never forget.”
Garcia and the students are working with local meteorologists and architects to perfect a final pitch to submit to Samsung, according to NBC DFW. From there, they could advance as one of 10 teams to compete for an additional $150,000 in prizes in Washington, D.C.
Garcia, who also was a state finalist in the contest last year, said he believes that this project not only can shape the lives of those affected by natural disasters, but it also will have a significant impact on the lives of his students.
“Students will never remember a test grade or a worksheet, but a hands-on practical experience such as this is something they will never forget,” Garcia said in a district release.
Samsung started the “Solve for Tomorrow” contest to promote science, technology, engineering, art, and math subjects in schools around the country, and has awarded more than $2 million in technology and prizes.
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