International Youth Day (IDD), which takes place on August 12 every year, is a United Nations (UN) designated awareness day both to raise awareness of the issues facing young people today and to celebrate their achievements and potential.
With its global Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programs, Samsung Electronics empowers, engages and sparks the imagination of young people who strive to become the problem solvers of tomorrow. Samsung Solve for Tomorrow provides educational opportunities and the implementation of solutions based on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Samsung Innovation Campus (SIC), on the other hand, helps design and develop the innovation capabilities of young people by training them in basic information and communication technology (ICT) skills.
The programs have expanded to 33 countries around the world and have so far included 2.1 million talented participants. Today, the Samsung Newsroom takes a closer look at these various global initiatives to see how Samsung Electronics is fulfilling its corporate social responsibilities around the world and to celebrate the young people who participate in the International Day of youth.
Malaysia: Innovative plastic alternatives for a healthier ocean
In Malaysia, three students learned how plastic waste pollution of the oceans threatens the lives of coastal and marine species. They conducted a study to develop alternatives to plastic using one of the most easily accessible materials in a country with a long coastline: seaweed. After joining Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, students learned that STEM is an essential tool for approaching problems and finding solutions. Building on what they have learned throughout the program, they are continuing their study of reducing marine pollution in hopes of contributing to a sustainable future.
Germany: cutting-edge technology paves the way for the start-ups of tomorrow
Nada Seada, who participated in Samsung Solve for Tomorrow in Germany, has designed a new gadget called Ingrid that gives older people more opportunities to connect with others and with each other. Exacerbated by the pandemic Loneliness and social isolation are serious problems for our aging society. Ingrid was designed by recycling an old VR device.
“Samsung Solve for Tomorrow helped me take my ideas from seed to fruition and gave me the opportunity to get valuable feedback from mentors and friends,” Nada said.
Katharina Porenta Elisabeth Scholz has developed a so-called EP-Checkup, which facilitates communication between healthcare professionals and patients’ families. Katharina’s invention was prompted by an experience she had when her grandfather was hospitalized with heart disease. She remembers the anxious hours she spent waiting for updates on her condition. Leaning on this nervousness — and hoping other people can avoid it in the future — was what inspired his efforts.
“I participated in bootcamps, coaching sessions and seminars, and I had the chance to learn cutting-edge technologies from expert mentors. Now I want to create my own start-up,” said she declared.
Peru: Innovate for the benefit of communities in different regions
In Peru, the first Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2021 prize was awarded to a team that developed an insulated thermal box capable of heating water using solar energy. The thermal box heats the water and then keeps it warm, which is useful in cool regions where the average annual temperature varies from 5 to 15°C. The hope of the young innovators was that the box could be produced by combining traditional Peruvian organic methods with modern scientific approaches and that their invention could serve all regions of Peru.
Brazil: new methodologies for water purification
The Federal Institute of Education, Science and Technology, located in the northeast region of Brazil, is an excellent model of how STEM-based approaches can prove invaluable in public education. . A team from this institution set out to develop a water purification system using solar radiation and, thanks to both the social utility and the originality of the idea, the team won the second prize. from 8e Brazil Samsung Solve for Tomorrow.
“STEM is a very effective way to explore technologies that students aren’t exposed to as much in the conventional education system,” said Mr. Raymond Lima Júnior, team coach and chemistry teacher. “The program has the ability to effect positive change in public institutional education by showing communities that it is engaged with the important values it holds.”
Canada: Unlocking environmental innovation through unexpected materials
Students from Mount Allison University have won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow challenge organized by Samsung Canada. The team attempted to solve the problem of orange peel waste in the area of their university. During the Enviroot project, as they called it, the students developed an alternative non-toxic and environmentally friendly adhesive product made from orange peel dried in Samsung ovens. The adhesive alternative is now widely used in softboards across campus.
“It was such a meaningful opportunity to interact with other student environmentalists and community activists,” said the young environmental enthusiasts.
Indonesia: Harnessing technology to help the visually impaired
The SIC held in Indonesia was not just for students majoring in STEM.
“I’m not a programming student, so SIC was a big challenge for me,” said a student who learned to develop independent IT solutions at SIC.
This student developed something they called Eyeroom Solutions. This technology — implemented through theories learned during bootcamp – enables seniors and visually impaired people to distinguish between their prescription medications.
“I learned so much from my mentors and friends at CIS. I studied things that I had never encountered before and now my dream is to one day develop solutions to achieve a better future.
Armenia: climbing the programming ladder
SIC Armenia lectured to students from all over Armenia at the United World College (UWC) Dilijan, one of 18 such colleges in the world. The SIC program included ICT skills courses and capacity building courses for students seeking employment.
“After taking courses at SIC, I am determined to start my career in the programming industry,” said Narek, an undergraduate student who participated in the program. “I hope I can contribute to the future of our country by designing drone software or artificial intelligence trading systems for the arms industry. SIC is a great opportunity both to improve your technical abilities and to sample a variety of new classes and practices.
Korea: Samsung Smart Schools helps dreams come true
A school with just 50 students in Chungyang, Korea makes up for its small size with its digital capabilities: Samsung Smart School is an active tool for the school by providing digital classrooms. Teachers and parents at Chungsong Elementary School have long thought about ways to maximize children’s potential and minimize the educational gap between urban and rural districts. Together they found the answer to this important but complex question with Samsung Smart School.
“I became interested in rockets and how they work when I saw them in action on my tablet PC,” said Myung-Gu Kang, a 6e Chungsong Primary School grader. “Now I am also interested in other scientific fields and study these other subjects diligently,” Myung-Gu explained that he can search for information using the tablet PC whenever he meets a question, and Samsung Flip’s larger display size makes studying more fun and enjoyable than ever.
India: Samsung Smart Schools Bridge the Gap in Marginalized Communities
Since January this year, Samsung India has been supporting 10 schools with Samsung Smart School, which provides state-of-the-art educational environments using digital devices and technologies. Aarohi Kumari, student of one of these 10 schools — Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya — dreams of becoming a doctor. Aarohi’s father earns his living as a driver in Varanasi.
“My background doesn’t give me any advantage over other students, but my dad still gives me hope,” Aarohi said. “Samsung Smart School introduced me to digital education and helped my study of my favorite subject become more enjoyable. I hope to become a doctor in the future and make my father proud.
“I was thrilled to see scenes of young people unleashing their full potential through this state-of-the-art educational environment,” said Shilaja Pathania, Head of CSR Activities, Samsung India. “We intend to create more educational opportunities for young people who have been marginalized in education and care, so that they can acquire knowledge and cultivate the skills they need to become the next generation of leader.”
Together for tomorrow from Samsung Electronics! Enabling People’s vision is committed to providing education to young people around the world to empower the leaders of tomorrow. More stories about Samsung Electronics’ CSR efforts can be found on the Samsung Electronics CSR webpage (csr.samsung.com).