Five West Virginia schools are among the nation’s 255 state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
Wheeling Park High School is one of those five.
Park was chosen as a finalist for their idea to create a robot that goes through the trash and sorts out food to be composted.
In turn those scraps would be used to grow plants that would later be donated to the Soup Kitchen or other organizations.
The grand prize for winning? Two-million-dollars worth of technology.
Science Teacher Kevin Orth says they entered the contest as a challenge for students.
But they never dreamed their idea would be chosen.
“We put a lot of work into it, but we didn’t expect to win or anything. So we were really excited. Our plan actually involves almost half of the different departments in the school, just trying to overall help the community,” Orth said.
Students will submit their second proposal on Wednesday, December 6th.
And hopefully they’ll know the results within one week.