The number of projects enrolled in Solve For Tomorrow Brazil has increased by 402% since 2014
Solve For Tomorrow, Samsung’s global corporate citizenship program, has already impacted more than 6,000 public schools across the national territory, the initiative is generally coordinated by Cenpec and is known for encouraging students and teachers from the public school network to develop prototypes with innovative solutions using a STEM approach (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).
In addition to representing Samsung’s commitment to using technology as a tool to improve the education system, Solve For Tomorrow is a way to recognize the efforts of students and teachers who create innovative and creative solutions for the benefit of people and the planet, making society a better place for all. Below, see the balance sheet data of the program since 2014, when the first Brazilian edition was announced.
Solutions for tomorrow in numbers
A comparison between the first and last edition of Solve For Tomorrow indicates a 402% increase in the number of submitted projects. Another significant figure is the number of participating professors, which has increased by 809% in the last nine years. In addition, the number of schools enrolled in the program increased by 28% in all editions.
Anna Karina Pinto, Director of Corporate Marketing at Samsung Brasil, says:
“The Solve For Tomorrow program is imbued in accordance with the educational context of the country, brings specific actions, offers materials and experiences that collaborate in creating influential solutions, capable of contributing to society and communities in which students and involved teachers live. For those who are interested in the topic but do not participate in the initiative through a registered project, free materials based on topics related to the initiative are also available on the Solve for Tomorrow platform. It is academic content open to the general public.”
Beatriz Cortese, CEO of Cenpec, says:
“In each issue, Solve For Tomorrow establishes a direct dialogue with the real challenges of students’ daily lives. In the latter, for example, there were many projects dealing with issues of sustainability, education and health, topics that are on the rise in the context in which we live. So, in many ways, the award strengthens the potential of our youth to innovate and positively transform their reality. This is an initiative that is truly committed to tackling inequality.”
Mentoring Solutions for tomorrow
In its 7th edition, held in 2020, Solve For Tomorrow has included digital courses and webinars in its programming, as well as mentoring sessions. With them, 20 teams of semi-finalists and 10 finalists could count on the support of mentors and volunteer experts from Samsung in order to advance their projects. In 2022, mentorships were expanded and made available in the first phase of the program, allowing students and teachers to be assisted during the registration period and increasing their chances of progressing to the next phases.
Some professors from past editions of the program share their experiences with mentoring and agree that these are important activities for the development of projects and students. “Mentorship is a strong theoretical and methodological support for thinking, helps the team and complements the project”, says Minelly Azevedo da Silva, professor of chemistry in the team that took 2nd place among the national winners of the 9th program.
For anatomy and physiology professor Pachiele da Silva Cabral, advisor to the team from Aracio, Bahia, which was among the most voted by the popular jury and in the 9th edition of the program, mentoring was important to face the difficulties in the prototyping process. “It’s really good because sometimes we come up with an idea, and the mentor asks important questions and guidelines so that we have a prototype in hand. He shows the way, makes us question what is possible within our limitations.”
the most prominent states
The Northeast has been the most prominent region of Solve For Tomorrow Brazil since its first edition. In addition, the state of Ceará is first in the list of national winners, and the municipality of Cascavel recorded the most victories. The states of São Paulo and Pernambuco take the next two places in terms of the number of winning projects. Below, see the list of municipalities in the category of national winners and popular jury in all previous editions:
- Ceará – Total awards: 12
2014: Martinopolis – Popular Jury
2015: Granja – national winners
2016: Granja – Popular Jury
2017: Granja and Cascavel – national winners
2018: Cascavel – National Winners
2019 and 2020: Cascavel – National winners (1st and 2nd place)
2021: Crateús – National winners (2nd place)
2022: Cascavel – National winners (1st place)
- São Paulo – Total awards: 6 – National winners
2014: Cerqueira César
2015 and 2016: Iguape
2019: France (3rd place)
2021: São Carlos (1st place)
- Pernambuco – Total awards: 5 – National winners
2020: Recife (3rd place)
2021: Flowers (3rd place)
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