Paul Rowe Jr Sr High chosen as regional finalist in 'Solve for Tomorrow Challenge'

Paul Rowe Jr Sr High chosen as regional finalist in 'Solve for Tomorrow Challenge'

Paul Rowe Jr Sr High School’s Students against Drinking and Driving (SADD) group are making a video about the dangers of distracted driving with new technology equipment they won as regional finalists in Samsung Canada’s ‘Solve for Tomorrow Contest.’

The contest sponsored by Samsung Canada, Let’s Talk Science and The Learning Partnership asked Canadian high schools to put forth an application of how they can solve a problem using technology. The schools chosen as regional finalists were provided with a technology kit from Samsung Canada that includes a Samsung smartphone, tablet, a video camera that records 360 degree coverage and virtual reality glasses.

Paul Rowe Jr Sr High School received the news earlier this month that they were chosen as regional finalists and have already received their Samsung technology equipment valued at approximately $1500. The school is one of 150 regional finalists and will now produce their video with a maximum length of three minutes by June 2, 2017. Samsung Canada and it’s partners will then choose four regional winners to receive $20,000.00 in Samsung technology for their school.

When asked why they chose distracted driving as their video focus, SADD members Marissa Kamieniecki and Tianna Hunter said it is about bringing awareness and preventing accidents from happening.

“It’s all about raising awareness” says Marissa. “We want people in the community to know that we care about what happens.” Tianna says; “We hope this video helps to prevent distracted driving accidents from happening.”

The SADD student group is led by Katie Thornton,  Paul Rowe Jr Sr High School educator, and the group is very active in the school, and community and partners with the local RCMP by hosting Check Stops in the community.  The group also attended the Regional SADD conference earlier this year in Grande Prairie.  During the conference, Parker Thomas, USF2000 race car driver, and advocate against distracted driving, was so impressed with the work of the Paul Rowe SADD team that he offered, and came to Paul Rowe Jr Sr High and put on a distracted driving presentation free of charge on March 23, 2017.