Newark’s Oliver Street Elementary School Takes On Cleaning the Passaic River for National “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” Contest

Votes needed to help win share of $2M in technology equipment

Newark NJ, February 26, 2014 – Oliver Street Elementary School in Newark is one of 15 finalists in the nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, which challenges students to apply S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) solutions to problems facing their local communities. The only New Jersey school to make it to finals, the Oliver Street students’ project, Guarding the Water Supply, focuses on the polluted Passaic River, which runs through their city. The school with the most votes submitted online between February 25 and March 14, 2014 will win a share of $2 Million in technology equipment prizes.

“Newark Public Schools is so proud that Oliver Street Elementary School has been named as a finalist in the nationwide Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest,” said Newark Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Mitchell Center. “The competition has uniquely inspired our students to apply 21st century technology to the problems facing the Passaic River, take responsibility as environmental stewards and learn the value of civic action. Thanks to their great work, we have now reached the moment we were hoping for and are asking all of Newark to support our science and math students by voting.”

Project summary:

Each year over 1.2 trillion gallons of untreated storm water and industrial waste are dumped into U.S. waters. Approximately 46 percent of lakes and 40 percent of rivers are too polluted for fishing, aquatic life, or swimming. With this problem in mind, the Oliver Street students applied S.T.E.M. learning to the engineering of a sewer guard using Autodesk inventor, to prevent garbage from entering the local sewer system and waterways. The students researched, developed and created a number of models to test during a storm, which were then assessed and innovated based on how well the design worked.

To vote:
Supporters can watch the Oliver Street School’s project video and submit one vote per day by going to the contest web site:

Spread the word:
Please share the contest over social media using hashtags #TeamOSS and #SamsungSolve and help us gain statewide support for our team.