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South Colchester students celebrate contest win of $70,000 in technology


BROOKFIELD – Science savvy students were celebrating at South Colchester Academy Tuesday.

Youtube AsapSCIENCE stars Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, as well as Samsung Canada representatives, were on hand to help the school celebrate being one of two to win $70,000 in technology grants through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Grade 7 students applied lessons from class and did research in an effort to prevent a stream from flooding their soccer field. Their efforts included planting trees so the roots would compact the soil, making it harder to erode. Rocks were also added along the bank. A video of the project was submitted to the Solve for Tomorrow contest and after being chosen one of 11 finalists, the school became a winner by receiving the most votes online.

“The engagement in this project was incredible,” said Mark Childs, chief brand officer with Samsung Canada. “There was passion and energy to explore using STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) and it’s energizing for us to have a role in helping children.”

The students took their visitors to the brook to see what had been done and shared information. Moffit and Brown talked to students and sections were filmed for one of their videos.

The students also had the opportunity to try virtual reality goggles, which generated a few gasps.

“I was run over by a truck,” said Abigail Falkenham. “It was realistic enough to scare me. It was amazing.”

lynn.curwin@tc.tc

Youtube AsapSCIENCE stars Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, as well as Samsung Canada representatives, were on hand to help the school celebrate being one of two to win $70,000 in technology grants through the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Grade 7 students applied lessons from class and did research in an effort to prevent a stream from flooding their soccer field. Their efforts included planting trees so the roots would compact the soil, making it harder to erode. Rocks were also added along the bank. A video of the project was submitted to the Solve for Tomorrow contest and after being chosen one of 11 finalists, the school became a winner by receiving the most votes online.

“The engagement in this project was incredible,” said Mark Childs, chief brand officer with Samsung Canada. “There was passion and energy to explore using STEM (Science, technology, engineering and maths) and it’s energizing for us to have a role in helping children.”

The students took their visitors to the brook to see what had been done and shared information. Moffit and Brown talked to students and sections were filmed for one of their videos.

The students also had the opportunity to try virtual reality goggles, which generated a few gasps.

“I was run over by a truck,” said Abigail Falkenham. “It was realistic enough to scare me. It was amazing.”

lynn.curwin@tc.tc

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