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Discovery High robotics team awarded $50,000

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: March 22, 2022, 6:05am

Team Mean Machine — a robotics team comprised of students from the Camas School District, the Washougal School District and the Hockinson School District — has been named a national finalist in Samsung’s 2022 Solve for Tomorrow Challenge.

In the competition, students from across the country design a piece of original technology that can help solve problems for those in need in their community. Team Mean Machine’s entry is a device called the “Power Pivot,” which aids those with mobility limitations or hip injuries in getting in and out of wheelchairs.

As one of 10 finalists, the Discovery High School-based team received a $50,000 prize package including Samsung products and classroom resources. They are also eligible for another $10,000 if they win the Community Choice Award, which is voted on by the public.

If chosen as one of three national winners, Team Mean Machine would win another $100,000 in technology and classroom resources.

To learn more about the challenge, Team Mean Machine’s entry and how to cast your vote, visit https://www.samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow/