Old Rochester is state finalist in national technology competition

Nov 27, 2017

Old Rochester Regional High School is one of five state finalists in Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" contest.

Old Rochester Regional High School technology teacher MJ Linane applied to the contest near the beginning of the school year.

According to the contest's website, it was designed "to boost interest in proficiency in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). THe challenge is for high school students to use STEAM to create a better local community.

Linane's technology class is focusing on using drone technology to support local, small-scale cranberry growers who are grappling with climate change.

The winners of the 2017 edition of the contest, the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn, New York, created an app which would provide a free dinner for students who received free lunch at school. The app connected the students with restaurants who had food which would otherwise go to waste. The student programmers synced the app to the attendance system at the school to make sure students were automatically registered for a meal when they signed in at school.

ORR will face off against Canton High School, Foxborough Regional Charter School, New Liberty Innovation High School in Salem and Newton North High School in the state finals.

The state winners will be announced in early December; all 51 state winners will submit a project video to Samsung, explaining the project they're working on. Samsung will select 10 national finalists in late February of 2018, after which there will be a social voting period. The national winner will be announced in early April of 2018.