South Jones Elementary selected as national finalist in STEM competition

South Jones Elementary selected as national finalist in STEM competition

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A Pine Belt elementary school is gaining national attention for finding an innovative way to keep students safe from vehicles illegally passing school buses, according to a press release.

Out of 4,100 applicants nationwide, South Jones Elementary is Ellisville has been named one of the 15 national finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest for developing an alert system to keep students away from harm. The contest is a $2 million STEM competition that challenges students and teachers to produce a solution to a community problem in their area.

The students' project is an engineered alert system. Here's what the project consists of:

  • Brainstorming ideas that could be used to create a safer bus environment.
  • Working with the school district’s bus director to gather data on buses and their routes in the district.
  • Developing a camera and alert system that could monitor for dangerous collisions and alert students and oncoming vehicles to prevent dangerous crossing zones.

You can view their project video here.

Since being selected as a national finalist, the school will receive a minimum of $40,000 in technology and a trip to the Big Apple. On March 15, the students will present their project in front of a panel of judges and hope to take home the grand prize. There will be a total of five grand prize winners that will be given about $120,000 in technology, according to the press release.

These five national winners will be honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in April. They will have the opportunity to meet their Congressional representatives.

Want to be a part of the contest? Social media voting will open midnight ET on March 1 and end 11:59 p.m. ET on April 1 for project video submissions. To vote for South Jones Elementary, voters must tweet using the school's hashtag #SamsungSolveSJES and #SamsungSolve on Instagram or Twitter. Votes are limited one vote per person per day.

For more information about the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, click here.