The Gresham middle school is in top 10 for $150,000 award, winning vote could net school $20,000

COURTESY PHOTO - Clear Creek Middle School students show off their escape hatch in a video submitted to Samsung. Clear Creek Middle School is in the top 10 for a prestigious national award with a prize of $150,000 of technology equipment. A $20,000 award also is up for grabs and depends on a public vote to win.

Clear Creek is a finalist in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a program that encourages teachers and students to solve real-world problems using skills in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Clear Creek students in teacher Tom Erickson's room designed an escape hatch that would be installed in the attic of a home and would allow people to flee to the roof in a flood. The hatch is equipped with LED lights and an SOS alert system.

As a top 10 finalist, the middle school will receive $50,000 in technology goods.

In April, Erickson's Clear class will travel to New York City to present their project to a panel of judges and vie for the six figure prize.

Voting for the $20,000 Community Choice Award closes at 11:59 p.m. EST Monday, April 2.

You can watch the video of Clear Creek's project and vote at

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