Old Rochester wins state final, moves to nationals in technology competition

Dec 20, 2017

Old Rochester Regional High School has won the Massachusetts state finals in Samsung's "Solve for Tomorrow" technology contest.

The win also netted the high school a $25,000 technology package, as a prize for winning the Massachusetts state finals.

The win means that Old Rochester will compete with 50 other state winners to win up to $250,000 in prizes as national winners.

The Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow Contest" is a national program that encourages students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).

Old Rochester technology teacher MJ Linan​e applied for the program near the beginning of the school year. His proposal included using STEAM skills such as drone technology to address  the effects of climate change on local, small-scale cranberry growers. The proposal states that students will design a custom drone that will help local growers monitor the moisture content in soil for more effective, targeted watering.

Linane​ and his students are currently working on a video showcasing their progress in building their prototype drone, as all national finalists are required to submit a video describing their plans.

If Old Rochester is named one of the 10 national finalists, the school will receive a $50,000 technology package and a chance to travel to the pitch competition in Washington DC. There they will pitch their idea to a panel of judges; seven schools will receive a $50,000 technology package, and three will be selected as national winners.

The three national winners will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package.

In addition, 10 of the national finalists will be eligible to win a further $20,000 technology kit based on social media voting. Social media voting will begin in late February of 2018.