School of Ed Alumnus and His Students Are “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow” Contest Winners

Nyack College School of Education 2008 alumnus Jonathan Harvey, (pictured at far right) is an enrichment teacher at Cavallini Middle School in Upper Saddle River, NJ. The Early Childhood Education major and his students were one of three teams named finalists in the 2018 “Samsung Solve for Tomorrow.” Each of the schools won $150,000 in technology including laptops, tablets and LED televisions. The winning teams were announced and appeared on  ABC’s “Good Morning, America.”

The nationwide competition invites students in sixth through twelfth grade to use science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) to address world issues and to influence change in their communities. Because a classmate suffered a concussion during a football game last fall, Jonathan Harvey’s students were motivated to design a sensor to be worn on football helmets to identify possible concussions and help prevent further damage through early detection.

Since 2010, Samsung has received more than 17,000 entries for this annual competition that encourages students to be problem-solvers with the support of their teachers, peers and local communities.

Congratulations to Jonathan and his students!