Biotechnology is a State Finalist!

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 7:59am

Application and Research Lab (ARL) is a Maryland State Finalist in the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a $3 million* nationwide competition that encourages 6th -12th grade students to creatively use STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) skills to solve a community challenge. From a pool of more than 2,000 entries nationwide, only 300 schools have been selected as a State Finalist – and ARL was one of them!

ARL was chosen based on the creative proposal submitted by Alyson Donoghue to address Culturing and Isolating Thraustochytrids (microalgae) from the Chesapeake Bay as an alternate source of Omega-3 fatty acids in order to reduce overfishing and farming of native fish species using STEM learning in her classroom. As a Maryland State Finalist, Mrs. Donoghue will receive a Samsung tablet for her classroom and has the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this 2019-2020 school year, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest fosters critical thinking and creative problem solving skills among thousands of students across the country.  

“Since launching the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest a decade ago, we’ve seen students tackle some of the biggest issues facing their generation and this year is no different,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “From suicide prevention to single use plastic alternatives, teachers and students are stepping up to creatively address these important issues head-on. We’re thrilled to congratulate the State Finalists of the 10th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest and look forward to seeing these STEM projects progress in the coming months.”