- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Students from 15 public schools around the country are in New York City to pitch their ideas for STEM-driven projects meant to offer a solution to a community problem.

The students have used science, technology, engineering and math in designs for projects including customized prostheses for military veterans, a solar-powered electric vehicle charging station and an alert meant to reduce pedestrian fatalities.

The 15 teams are finalists in a Samsung-sponsored competition. A panel of judges will hear the pitches Tuesday. Winners will be announced next month.

The finalists come from Mouton, Alabama; Freemont, California; Aurora, Colorado; Oakland Park, Florida; Anoka, Minnesota; Arnold, Missouri; Ellsville, Mississippi; Beulaville, North Carolina; Jersey City, New Jersey; Brooklyn; Wewoka, Oklahoma; East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Purcellville, Virginia; Waterville, Washington and Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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