Clark County students in the Cyber Security program at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center, have earned a spot as semi-finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition, securing a $15,000 prize in technology and classroom supplies for the program.
The Springfield-Clark CTC is the only semi-finalist team in the state of Ohio in the competition that challenges students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities. The Cyber Security students, led by Instructor Mrs. Angela Yake, are continuing in the contest and working toward the opportunity to earn up to $130,000 in prizes.
Inspired by the COVID-19 pandemic, Mrs. Yake’s students chose to pursue technology solutions to make students feel more connected to the classroom when they are learning at home, including augmented and virtual reality. The project’s applications can be extended to provide solutions for high-risk individuals, including elderly or immune-deficient individuals, to connect with family and friends.
“Real-world applications and hands-on learning are key components of the engaging educational experience we offer at the Springfield-Clark Career Technology Center,” said Superintendent Michelle Patrick. “This project is an exceptional example of how students can be empowered through their learning to explore and implement solutions to key issues affecting our communities.”
In the semi-finalist round, students work to complete a project video; ten national finalists will be selected from the semi-finalists. Finalist videos will be part of a Community Choice voting contest and pitch their demo or prototype to a judging panel. Three national winners will be selected.
The SCCTC team includes twelve Level I students: Grayce Tipton, Victoria McFadden, Jay Lee, Nathan Dirlam, Hunter Cantrell, Austin Keyton, Owen Kojola, Bryce Dray, Samual Hendershot, Shane Sprinkle, Shakor Gilbert, and Joshua Weng