Cholla High Magnet School is one of five schools from Arizona selected to advance to the next round of Samsung’s nationwide science, technology, engineering and math contest.

The contest, Solve for Tomorrow, works to get students and teachers excited about STEM by challenging them to apply their classroom learning to solve a real-world issue in their local community.

Other Arizona schools selected to advance include: Paradise Valley High School, Eloy Junior High, Northland Preparatory Academy and Imagine School at Avondale Middle School. Each of the schools will receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs.

Chosen from a pool of more than 2,000 applications, the 255 state finalists—five from each state and Washington, D.C. —will submit full lesson plans for their projects. From these, one winner representing each state and D.C. will be selected in December.

Each of the 51 state winners will receive a technology package valued at $20,000 and the chance to compete for one of 15 national finalist spots and a technology package valued at $35,000. These top 15 will be determined by public voting from February 14 to March 13, 2014. The five national winners, chosen by a panel of judges, will each receive a prize package valued at $140,000 and be honored in April at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Contact reporter Alexis Huicochea at ahuicochea@azstarnet.com or 573-4175. On Twitter @AlexisHuicochea​