Area teachers are invited to enter a national competition designed to encourage innovative thinking in the classroom.

Samsung has kicked off its annual Solve for Tomorrow contest with a new twist. The contest focus has shifted from STEM to STEAM to add arts to the science, technology, engineering and mathematics equation.

By increasing the focus on STEAM, Solve for Tomorrow wants schools to recognize the connection between all the academic subjects while addressing the gap between education and career opportunities, according to the contest news release.

The Solve for Tomorrow contest has teachers and students creatively address problems in the local communities through science, math, engineering, art and technology skills and have the opportunity to win a piece of up to $2 million in prizes from Samsung.

Last year, East Duplin High School teacher Jackie Smith and her team of students were a national finalist in the contest for engineering a pressurized boat cleaning system to prevent invasive species from entering local waterways. The team won $35,000 in technology for the school.

Project ideas for the current year must be submitted by Nov. 15.

For more information and contest details, go to Samsung.com/us/solvefortomorrow.html.