Indianapolis Public Schools is proud to announce the talented students of Northwest Community High School took the state title in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest, a nationwide competition to increase interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging teachers and students to take topics out of traditional classroom settings and into local communities. Northwest will receive an estimated $20,000 in Samsung products to support the students’ vision to digitize the inventory for their community food pantry as they move on to the national level of the competition.
The project came to life under the leadership of students who learned about the school’s food pantry and began brainstorming ways to streamline the process of managing the pantry and communicating to families the opportunities available to offset financial needs by visiting the pantry. The students determined the greatest areas of impact could be improved with a pantry web page and an inventory control system to track donations. Now that their initial plans are bringing new technology and opportunities to the school, students are planning the implementation of their big ideas.
“We are currently preparing for the next phase of competition by learning more about web page design from experts, participating in field trips to a food bank to learn about their inventory control process,” said team faculty sponsor Angela Jones, “and working with database experts to learn how to create an inventory control program. Throughout this process we will collect and analyze data to determine our value added to the food pantry. We will also create a video to document our process.”
The video will showcase the efforts of the students and will serve as the centerpiece of their entry into the next level of competition. Their goal is to launch the web page by the end of this month, then to begin implementation of the inventory control system.
“The students are excited about making a difference in our community,” Jones added.
We are proud of these Northwest students for developing innovative ways to serve the community, and we can’t wait to celebrate their efforts as they head to the national competition! We’ll be sure to continue following the progress of the school’s food pantry and our students’ ongoing service learning activities benefiting the community in which they live.