Weledeh Catholic School Wins Samsung Challenge

Weledeh Catholic School in Yellowknife has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Samsung Solve For Tomorrow Challenge.

Technology giant Samsung proposed a challenge to students across Canada that would use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based solutions to tackle an issue in the community.

Trent Hamm, a teacher at Weledeh Catholic School mentioned the challenge to his grade six students and they agreed to take on the task.

Hamm says his class proposed three ideas, but one idea stuck out- addressing sexual assault.

What was most popular was the issue on the Frame Lake Trail, with the sexual assaults going on there. The kids were concerned.

Using technology provided from Samsung along with their own resources, the students created a solar-powered motion-activated lighting system for the trail.

When the person selected the App and pushed it if there was someone nearby attacking them it would create a loud siren as well as instantly sending a GPS message to RCMP.

There were five national winners and the school was named as the winner for the B.C. and Northern Canada Region. The school will receive $20,000 in Samsung technology

Hamm says the overall project was a big task that included the help of students from other classes, RCMP and the Yellowknife Municipal government.

About the Author

Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at Kristen.berkeley@cklbradio.com

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