Samsung today announced that 255 public schools have advanced as state finalists in its $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.

The state finalists represent all 50 states and the District of Columbia in Samsung’s nationwide competition that challenges K-12 students to creatively use STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) skills to address real-world issues and have an impact in their local communities.

“Over the years, we’ve seen how Solve for Tomorrow’s hands-on, community-based learning approach sparks interest in STEAM subjects and careers,” said Ann Woo, director of corporate citizenship for Samsung Electronics America.

According to Samsung, each state finalist classroom will receive one Samsung Galaxy Tab and will advance in the competition.

In the next phase of the contest, state finalists will develop lesson plans detailing how the classrooms plan to address the challenge they initially identified in their community using STEAM skills. Additionally, schools will select a local nonprofit that will receive a donation from Samsung, if the school is selected as a national winner. Teachers have until Dec. 16 to submit their lesson plans and nonprofit selection to advance to the next phase of competition.

Following the selection of 51 state winners–the District of Columbia is counted as a separate state–10 schools will be selected as national finalists. The national finalists will present their projects to a living judging panel in New York City in early 2017. The panel will then select three national grand prize winners and one community choice winner in the spring of 2017

For a full list of state finalist schools, click here.

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Kate Polit is MeriTalk's Assistant Copy & Production Editor covering the intersection of government and technology.