Lawrence County School Wins $70,000 in Technology Contest

Lawrence County High School in Kentucky has just won $70,000 worth of prizes in Samsung’s “Solve for Tomorrow” education contest. And the school is set to earn another $40,000 worth if they get enough online votes to make them top 5 finalists.

The Lawrence County High School now has almost $145,000 worth of technology equipment after winning several online contests since the start of the school year, writes Beth Jett at WHNT News.

The winning “Hog Wild in the Forest” video was put together by Lawrence County High School students who were trying to solve the feral hog issue that plagues the county.

Gina McCarley is a computer science teacher at the school, and she guided the students through the project to find a real world solution using technology.

“What we came up with was using targeted trapping to target certain groups of the hogs, especially the female hogs.

“We had one student create a smart phone app, a real simple app to record information about the hogs.”

Blending hands-on research in the Bankhead National Forest with technology, the students impressed the judges, who chose it as one of the top 12 projects in the country from an original 1,500 entries.

After watching the video on the internet, Lawrence County School Superintendent Heath Grimes, said:

“I was very proud.

“Now I understand why they’re one in 12 in the nation, because it’s that good.”

Grimes said that the high school has earned $144,000 worth of technology equipment just since August and has praised the teacher and students for their work.

The prize money alone is more than the annual technology budget for the entire district.

The school has until March to gather enough votes to make the top 5, which would award the school an extra $40,000.