CASPER, Wyo. — Christy Rodgers is a digital media teacher at CY Middle School in Casper.
Her “Engineering and Design” class students were chosen as the Wyoming winners of a statewide “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” contest, according to a letter from CY Assistant Principal Randall Bower to the Natrona County School District Board of Trustees.
Their “action plan” described a concept for a “Frost Bot” helped the class win the state level of the competition.
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Winning that second phase of the contest earned the class a $15,000 prize package which includes Samsung technology and classroom equipment.
“Currently [the class] are at phase 3, which requires a 3-minute demonstration video of [Rodgers’] and her students’ project,” Bower writes. “The project is to design a Frost Bot which will use Arduino sensors to determine when the temperature drops below freezing.”
When the temperature drops below freezing, the “Frost Bot” would lower a robotic arm to deploy a frost cloth to protect a garden from the cold temperatures.
That video needs to be completed by Feb. 20. Winning the second phase also earned the class a video kit worth $1,500 to help them with phase three.
The class will now have the chance to be selected as one of 20 finalists in the nationwide phase of the competition. Should they be selected, the class would win a $50,000 package of technology and classroom equipment.
Four students and a school representative would also win a trip to New York to pitch their idea for the final phase of the competition.
The national winner in that final phase will win $100,000 in Samsung technology and equipment for their school.
For winning the first phase of the contest, the class also won a Samsung tablet.
The NCSD Board of Trustees approved the Samsung awards given to the CY class during their Monday, Jan. 13 meeting.