Brandywine High School National Winners Again!

BHS Samsung - April 30, 2024



Brandywine School District is proud to announce that Brandywine High School’s STEM Team of students Olivia Erskine, Katherine McDerby, Isabella Chermak, and Malti John, led by teacher Sean Merklin, has been named a National Winner in the 14th annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow competition. This is the second year in a row that a team from Brandywine High School has been chosen as a National Winner!


In speaking with special education teachers in the Brandywine School District, the Brandywine High School STEM team learned that their students struggle to make meaningful connections with their classmates. Immediately, board games came to mind as a perfect solution, and the team set out to redesign games inspired by Chutes and Ladders and Connect-4. Committed to seamlessly accommodating ALL abilities, they designed their games to be controlled by adaptive and interchangeable buttons, adding audiovisual feedback and color schemes that make it easier for the visually impaired or colorblind to see. Designed with a CAD (computer-aided design) program, their games are built out of laser-cut plywood for a small carbon footprint and controlled by a Custom Printed Circuit Board that they designed and manufactured. Already, their games have generated significant demand, both from schools around New Castle County, Delaware and assisted living facilities, broadening their impact from children to people of all ages.