Hurricane Irene last year badly flooded the Schoharie Valley, the place I left my heart 25 years ago when I moved to the big city. Valley farms were under 12 feet of water, the entire season's crop lost.
Schoharie High students did a science project on potential long-term damage to the county's main source of jobs, and studied soil contamination by flood water. The result was hopeful--due to heavy rains in the week before Irene hit, the soil was already saturated and contaminated flood water didn't soak in.
The students made my heart proud.
But then they applied for a Samsung Solve for Tomorrow grant. Samsung chooses 12 finalists out of all the applicants. Four winners are chosen by a team of experts and the online community votes for a community favorite. The prize is $100K plus in technology for the school.
Schoharie High School was the overwhelming community favorite. And what that tech will mean to a school with less than 200 kids (grades 7-12) in a poor county still digging out... well, it's just incredible.
Thank you, America.
ETA: link to vid