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Keith Woolford

Samsung Awards Creativity at a Chiriqui school with 'Smart Classroom' Technology

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Keith Woolford    297

Samsung Awards Creativity at a Chiriqui school with 'Smart Classroom' Technology

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Samsung presented the Technical Vocational Institute Abel Tapiero Miranda in Chiriqui, with a Smart Classroom School, as a first place prize among the 300 young people who attended the call for participation at the national level in the competition called "Solutions for the Future".

This contest encouraged students of public schools in Latin America to improve their logical reasoning and the ability to solve community problems through the application of mathematics and the sciences they are learning in their schools.

Students Roy González, Meyli Atencio, Arelis Caves, and Héctor Lange, next to his mentor Professor Eric Castle of the IPT Abel Tapiero Miranda of San Lorenzo in the province of Chiriqui, surprised the jury with their winning project "Combine".

The project was selected by a select jury made up of representatives of Samsung, the Ministry of Education, the Inter-American Development Bank, Unesco, the Technological University of Panama, Universidad Latina and the Municipality of Panama; It is a dual concept of harvest and filtering of water as a response to the intense problem facing shortages in Panama since 2015 and which particularly affects the educational centers of the country.

The students raised to create a system to collect rain water and of the dew which would help to obtain water. Finally proposed the implementation of a filter to purify the water so that it could be used for human consumption.

"Our goal is to generate awareness and interest in technology, engineering, mathematics and science in general, as well as give teachers and students the resources necessary to succeed in this field," said Nicole Orillac, Manager of Corporate Citizenship of Samsung Electronics in Latin America.

The classroom delivered to the educational center features the latest Samsung technology products, interconnected to create an interactive environment of teaching and learning that includes tablets, Smart TV, Security Licenses Samsung Knox, reverse cycle air conditioning and furniture, among others, in its entirety, donated by the company leader in technology, as well as a program of accompaniment during the first half of starting its operation under the framework of a new convention with the Ministry of Education of Panama.

Samsung Electronics has a commitment to improve the quality of life for people supporting education in public schools through technology. Seeks to improve the learning process of the students enrolled in public schools through new technologies and equipment, and make the educational environment more intuitive, interactive and efficient.

http://laestrella.com.pa/vida-de-hoy/ciencia/samsung-premio-creatividad-deuna-escuela-chiriquicon-tecnologia/23992415

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