Markham school a finalist in national sustainability contest

St. Augustine Catholic School in Markham is among the top five finalists in an annual sustainability contest that invites students from across the country to develop ideas and inventions to strive toward a more sustainable world.

The Samsung Canada’s Solve for Tomorrow contest, which opened for submissions in November, invited teachers and their classrooms in Grades 6 through 12 to propose innovative sustainability solutions that will have a meaningful impact on the future of the planet using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

To promote sustainable airline practices, St. Augustine’s team proposed to build a Canada-made-contrail projection model that considers flight path and jet fuel to reduce the industry’s harm on climate change.

“This year’s Solve for Tomorrow finalists demonstrated remarkable innovation combined with a determination to make an impact on both a local and national scale,” Samsung Electronics Canada President and CEO Jihoon Lee says. “These ideas are a testament to the passion of Canadian students and why STEM learning and environmental stewardship in schools are of the utmost importance.”

Each finalist has received $5,000 towards Samsung technology to support and enhance STEM learning in their classrooms and to help them continue formulating their plans and submissions. Upon the second round of judging in May, the grand prize winner will receive $50,000 and be named ‘The School for Tomorrow.’

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