Idaho Falls Students Compete for Tech Prize in Texas

Sandcreek Middle School students from Idaho Falls, Idaho, present as Bill Rancic looks on during the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist event at SXSWedu, Idaho Monday, March 3, 2014, in Austin. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Samsung/AP Images) (Jack Dempsey, Invision)
Sandcreek Middle School students from Idaho Falls, Idaho, present as Bill Rancic looks on during the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow national finalist event at SXSWedu, Idaho Monday, March 3, 2014, in Austin. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/Invision for Samsung/AP Images) (Jack Dempsey, Invision)
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Updated: 3/05 1:49 pm
A group of Sandcreek Middle School students is in Austin, Texas competing in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” contest.

The Idaho Falls students and their teacher are at South by Southwest E-D-U and are among the 15 finalists in the contest. The students will present their ideas to Bill Rancic, U.S. Representative Tom Loeffler and representatives from companies like Adobe and Samsung. Sandcreek’s idea is safety recommendations around the potential for Yellowstone to erupt.

Hannah H./Sandcreek student, "The goal was to help people realize what they can do to prepare for earthquakes and what they can do differently to have a plan so when an earthquake comes, we can be ready."
Mike Jarvis/Sandcreek teacher, "My students use STEM in their project by using the math to do the triangulation on the earthquakes, the technology to do the research, the engineering to build the towers and the science to do it all."

The winner of the contest will receive $100,000 in technology and meet government leaders in Washington, D.C. You can help out the Sandcreek students by voting for their project at the Solve for Tomorrow website.

Voting closes at Midnight on March 14th.
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