Thornlea students queen bees in STEM challenge

Thornlea Secondary School in Thornhill is a regional winner in a national challenge designed to ignite student passion in science, technology, engineer and math (STEM).

As part of Samsung Canada’s annual Solve for Tomorrow Challenge, students and teachers were tasked with finding a creative and collaborative solution to a real-world problem in their communities. With bees identified as endangered, Thornlea students designed an auto-pollination system that will act as a contingency plan to support plants that are dependent on bees and other natural pollinators.

Each winning school receives $20,000 in Samsung technology to further support STEM-based community solutions. “As a parent, every day I see the possibilities that come to life when Canadian students are empowered through STEM-based learning,” Jennifer Groh, Director of Corporation Communications and Citizenship, Samsung Canada, says in a statement.

For a second consecutive year, Samsung Canada partnered with Solve for Tomorrow Ambassador, Canadian rocket scientist, Forbes ’30 Under 30′ and member of a Canadian contingent working on the European Space Agency’s ExoMars rover, Natalie Panek. “I am so inspired by all the students who participated in this year’s challenge,” she says. “Their passion for STEM and creating positive community change shone through in their impressive, creative project entries.”

The four finalists entered the highest scoring projects from 50 regional finalists announced in April. Using Samsung technology, each school created a short video demonstrating the implementation of their unique, STEM-based community solution that was reviewed by a panel of Samsung Solve for Tomorrow judges. To learn more about the challenge, visit or follow #SamsungSolve on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Students and teachers at Thornlea Secondary School entered one of four winning projects in the 2018 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Challenge. (CNW Group/Samsung Electronics Canada)

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