GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A passionate group of Gulfport High School students is being recognized for their hard work designing a machine that could help the homeless community.
The group, led by engineering and robotics teacher Clint Brawley, designed a personal hygiene vending machine to service the homeless. The plans were submitted as part of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest.
The project was something that hit close to home for the students. There are 143 homeless students in the Gulfport School District.
The group won the contest on the state level. That honor comes with a prize of $25,000 worth of technology for the school.
Now, the students are faced with their next challenge. They will spend the next several weeks creating a video showing how they will bring their innovative project to life.
The top national finalists will split the $2 million grand prize. If the Gulfport group wins, that will mean a large donation for The Nourishing Place, a local nonprofit selected by the school.
Samsung sponsors the Solve for Tomorrow Contest ever year. The goal is to encourage students and teachers to solve problems in the community using science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.