Natasha Gault and her eighth grade science students at Vermillion Middle School have been named the state winner in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Their topic, Asian Carp Invasion, was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among the students as well as making an impact in the community.
Since they have been chosen as a state winner, the eighth-graders have already earned a minimum of $20,000 in Samsung technology for Vermillion Middle School.
The students will now go on to represent South Dakota in the national competition where they will create a two- to three-minute video that brings their lesson plan to life. For their efforts, they will have the opportunity to earn a larger technology package of $35,000 or $140,000 and a chance to come and present their story with other competing schools in March. If VMS is chosen as one of the five national winners, they will also be invited to attend an awards ceremony in Washington, DC in April.
Congratulations to Gault and her eighth-graders on being named state winners.