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Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education has been selected as one of two state winners in the national Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
The contest focuses on bright ideas in science, technology, engineering and math.
The school was selected from among 300 finalists in North Carolina.
The second state finalist is the North Carolina School of Science and Math in Durham.
The Sallie B. Howard School project is by teacher Cassandra Whitehead and her sixth-grade students, Astrid Santamaria, Sarah “Lily” Phat and Lydia Denton.
Because North Carolina ranks as the sixth deadliest state for drownings, Whitehead’s students proposed a project to create a waterproof, wearable device for children that will monitor surrounding oxygen levels and alert caregivers of potential drownings.
As a state leader, SBH wins $15,000 in technology and classroom supplies. The school now advances to the national level for which the school will compete against 99 other schools.
The students will now be designing, researching and testing their device and preparing a three-minute video that showcases their project.
Some 20 national finalists will be announced this spring and five national grand-prize winners will be announced afterward.