A unique solution to the problem of cardboard waste has catapulted Hudson’s Bay High School first to the Washington state award and now into the national phase of the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest.

Hudson’s Bay is one of the top 15 schools from across the country competing to earn a $120,000 technology grant for their work in science, technology, engineering and math. Hudson’s Bay, led by horticulture teacher Steve Lorenz and students in the school’s Architecture, Construction and Environmental Services program, is using mushroom mycelia to reclaim cardboard waste and produce mushrooms that can be used for growing kits, as food additives or for large-scale recycling.

The public can support Hudson’s Bay in the following ways:

  • By voting daily for the Hudson’s Bay video until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 25, 2015. Each of the 15 national finalist schools created a video to promote their project.
  • By using the hashtags #SolveTeamHBHS and #SamsungSolve in tweets and in posts on Facebook and Instagram until March 25, 2015. The school with the highest combined total of posts and tweets using those two hashtags will receive a special reward.

From the top 15, the field will be narrowed to five national winners. The number of votes on videos will decide one contestant; Samsung employees will select another; and a panel of judges will choose the other three during an in-person event where the 15 national finalists will present their projects.

All five national winners will each receive a $120,000 technology grant and be invited to an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.