South Jones Elementary selected as finalist in a national competition

ELLISVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Out of 4,100 applicants nationwide, South Jones Elementary in 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 for school buses.

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 presentation video here at 4:31 into the video:

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 presented 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 also have the opportunity to meet their Congressional representatives.

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.