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Broadcom MASTERS Announces Top 300 Middle School Students in STEM Competition

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Top 300 out of Nearly 2,500 Nominees Compete for a trip to Washington, DC and $100,000+ prizes

WASHINGTON, DC – September 6, 2017– Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public today announced the selection of the Top 300 competitors in the seventh annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future.
The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS (formerly referred to as semi-finalists) represent middle schools from 37 states, Puerto Rico and the Department of Defense overseas. Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS include an approximately equal number of males and females, with 147 girls and 153 boys. The states fielding the most Top 300 competitors include California with 66, Florida with 31 and Texas with 21.

The students’ names and a state-by-state breakdown of the Top 300 can be found at https://student.societyforscience.org/2017-top-300-masters.
The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS were selected from a pool of 2,499 applicants from 49 states and 4 territories. These competitors were evaluated by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. The students were judged on creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data, and understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world. The 2,499 applicants were nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by placing among the top 10 percent of middle school competitors at Society-affiliated regional and state science fairs.

“I’m thrilled to see the Society reach a record number of applicants this year. In order to ensure a robust pipeline of STEM talent, it is vital that we start as early as middle school to encourage students to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “I offer my congratulations to our Top 300 MASTERS.”

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS’ independent STEM research projects include a broad range of innovative topics such as:

  • Making combat vehicles safer from blasts
  • Preventing Zika
  • Using predator-prey mathematical models for regulating the growth of harmful algae
  • Using magnetism to clean up oil spills
  • Harvesting solar energy and body heat using thermoelectric generators
  • Using Artificial intelligence to improve wind power
  • Investigating whether altering the microbiome can cure peanut allergies
  • Analyzing the effect of ocean acidification on sea life
  • Creating a wearable device to monitor health conditions

“The Broadcom MASTERS inspires students from all walks of life to follow their passion for science, math, engineering and innovation,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “We are excited to see almost equal numbers of boys and girls in the final pool – a tribute to their middle school teachers, parents and STEM-minded friends who mentor them and encourage their participation in this important national competition.”

In recognition of their achievements, Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will receive a prize package containing an award ribbon; semifinalist certificate of accomplishment; Broadcom MASTERS backpack; a Broadcom MASTERS decal; an Inventor’s Notebook, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation; a one year subscription to Mathematica+ software, courtesy of Wolfram Research; and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each designated teacher also will receive a copy of the Science News for Students Invention and Innovation compilation book, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation; and a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag and a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine.

The 30 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists will be announced on September 20. Finalists receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC from October 20 – 25 to showcase their science fair projects at Union Station and compete in a four-day STEM competition for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes, including the coveted $25,000 Samueli Prize. Other top awards include the $20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention.

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Saftey tips for watching the solar eclipse!

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Are you ready for #Eclipse2017? Make sure to be safe while viewing!

NASA has a great site devoted to Solar Eclipse safety which can be accessed at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety. The page also contains a number of links with interactive maps, live streaming and other useful tools for instruction.

The day of the eclipse is a great learning opportunity for students and adults, but many may be unaware of the dangers. Even looking directly at a small part of the eclipse is too dangerous, as the normal squint response will not occur and the eye will be exposed to dangerous amounts of UV light. The cornea will focus the light and actually scorch the retina. The most concerning part to me is the fact that there is no pain involved with retinal damage. By the time the damage is done it is too late. So being focused on making administrators, teachers and students aware is crucial.

Another amazing source: http://www.starnetlibraries.org/EclipseGuide/

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Congratulations to the 3 Regeneron Science Talent Search Finalists from Florida!!

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The Regeneron Science Talent Search (Regeneron STS) is the nation’s most prestigious pre-college science competition. Science Talent Search alumni have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.

Students are selected based upon their scientific research and also on their overall potential as future leaders of the scientific community.

On January 4, the Society named the top scholars (formerly called semifinalists) of the Regeneron STS. Each scholar and their school were awarded $2,000. From that select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC in March to undergo final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for $1.8 million in awards, including the top award of $250,000.

Read the official press release

Read a blog post on Medium by George Yancopoulos, Founding Scientist, President, Regeneron Laboratories and Chief Scientific Officer, Regeneron; Science Talent Search 1976 Alum.

View the full list of Scholars

Madan, Vrinda
Lake Highland Preparatory School, Orlando, FL
Identification of Highly Selective Anti-malarial Compounds and Characterization of Mechanisms of Action

Wan, Stefan
Alexander W. Dreyfoos, Jr. School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, FL
Functionalizing Biochar with Mg-Al and Mg-Fe Layered Double Hydroxides for Phosphate Removal from Aqueous Solutions

Yang, Amber Zoe
Trinity Preparatory School, Winter Park, FL
Orbital Recognition System for Space Debris Tracking Using Artificial Neural Networks—A Journey from Inner-brain GPS to Outer-space GPS

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Broadcom MASTERS 2016 Finalists

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The Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (the Society) announced on September 20 the selection of 30 middle school students as finalists in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS® competition.

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (the Society) are proud to announce the selection of 30 students as finalists in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS®– the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) winners will be named on November 1 in Washington, DC, after completion of a rigorous competition that tests their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. Congratulations to these 30 finalists, and to the 2,343 outstanding applicants for sharing their work this year.

Finalist Overview:

  • The finalists include 15 girls and 15 boys covering 15 states and representing 28 schools and one home school. California has the most finalists with eight, followed by Florida and Georgia with three, and two each from Louisiana, Maryland, Texas and Virginia.
  • Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists and 2,342 applicants representing 49 states and 4 U.S. territories.
  • Read the press release.

Read the entire story and get the list of finalists HERE

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River Grace wins first prize at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists.

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The European Commission today awarded top prizes to 45 young scientists for their outstanding science projects. Cash prizes totalling €49 500 were handed out at the European Union Contest for Young Scientists award ceremony in Brussels, along with other valuable prizes such as science trips to Europe’s leading research laboratories.

The three first prizes were awarded to Ane Espeseth (18) and Torstein Vik (17) from Norway for “Motivic Symbols and Classical Multiplicative Functions”, Valerio Pagliarino (16) from Italy for “LaserWAN: laser broadband internet connection” and River Grace (17) from USA for “Shining a Light on the Blind: Evolutionary Regression and Adaptive Progression in the Micro-vertebrate Ramphotyphlops braminus, a Model for Understanding Brain Organization and Complex Neurological Disorders”. The second prizes went to projects from Germany and Canada, in the areas of computing, physics and medicine. The three third prizes were given to projects from Ireland, Czech Republic and South Korea. A detailed list is available online.

Read the entire story and get the list of finalists HERE

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41 Florida students named Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists.

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Some facts about the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists:

  • Semifinalists hail from 250 middle schools in 37 states and represent 126 regional and state science fairs across the U.S.
  • 54 of the semifinalists are from California, followed by Florida with 41, Texas with 29, New York with 17, and Pennsylvania with 16.
  • Semifinalists were selected from more than 6,000 nominees and 2,343 applicants. Each application received three independent readings and evaluations by distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. Nominees qualified to enter the Broadcom MASTERS by being among the top 10 percent of the participants at their Society-affiliated science fairs.
  • Read the press release for more information.

Read the entire story HERE