The Vanguard School in Colorado Springs is one of five schools in Colorado being recognized nationally for inspiring change in their local communities through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) education.
Selected from nearly 3,000 entries, the schools have been named state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
The nationwide competition carries $2 million in prizes and challenges students to creatively use STEAM skills to address real-world issues and inspire change.
In addition to The Vanguard School, a charter school in Cheyenne Mountain School District 12, other Colorado state finalists are: Falcon Creek Middle School in Aurora, Peak to Peak High School in Lafayette, West Middle School in Grand Junction and Arvada West High School in Arvada.
The 255 finalists will be pared down to 51 state winners, who submit a video of their project in action. Forty-one of those schools will receive a $25,000 Samsung technology package, including a video it.
The other 10 will progress to the national finalist stage. Seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package.
Three national winners will be selected and each will receive a $150,000 Samsung technology package.
And the 10 national finalists will be eligible to win an additional $20,000 Samsung technology package based on social media voting in the Community Choice Award.