Broadway Middle School is one of five schools in the state to advance in a nationwide science, technology, engineering and mathematics competition sponsored by Samsung.

Eighth-grade social studies teacher Jeremy Hirsch submitted the project idea on behalf of the school.

In the months ahead, Hirsch and his students will work on a project to address congestion of traffic during tsunami evacuations by working with local agencies to identify multiple evacuation routes as well as ways to inform the community about evacuation procedures.

Out of thousands of schools that entered the contest, the 250 state finalist classrooms — five from each state — were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEM learning. All 250 teachers selected as state finalists will receive one tablet for their classrooms and have the opportunity to advance through future phases of the contest to win additional prizes and educational opportunities.

The state finalist schools were chosen based on their creative and strategic proposals to solve complicated issues that affect their communities by using STEM learning.

Along with Broadway Middle School, the Seaside School District is joined by Yoncalla High School, Yoncalla; Waldo Middle School, Salem; South Salem Senior High, Salem; George Middle School, Portland

State winners will be selected to submit a video of their project in action. For achieving state winner status, 40 of those schools will receive a $20,000 Samsung technology package, including a Samsung video kit to produce their video. The other 10 will progress as a national finalist

Ten national finalists will be selected to attend a pitch event where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving national finalist status, seven schools will receive a $50,000 Samsung technology package. The other three will progress to the national winner stage.

Three national winners will be selected, and each will receive $100,000 in classroom Samsung technology and supplies.

With $2 million in technology on the line, the state finalists will submit a lesson plan detailing how students will execute the proposed STEM project and how it addresses the identified community issue.


R.J. Marx is editor of the Seaside Signal and Cannon Beach Gazette, and covers South County for The Daily Astorian. Reach him at 971-320-4557 or

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