We have a new video detailing rules and guidelines for the 66th State Science and Engineering Fair. Presented by our Science and Review Committee. Check it out!
CONGRATULATIONS! Florida Finalists
Society for Science & the Public and Broadcom Foundation are proud to announce the 30 finalists in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier STEM competition for middle school students. The finalists will compete in the first ever Virtual Broadcom MASTERS from October 16-21, participating in team challenges in addition to being judged on their science research projects.
The finalists will participate in a private judging process with a panel of top scientists. In addition to being judged on their research projects, they will engage in team challenges where they will be judged on their mastery of critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration in each of the STEM areas.
You can meet these finalists virtually on October 20th by registering here: https://ssp.6connex.com/event/virtual/bcm/login
The Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase will open on October 20 at 10 a.m. EDT and will be available to the public through November 4. The finalists will be at their booths and able to respond to questions from 2-4 p.m. EDT on October 20.
The Society will be providing educational materials for educators interested in bringing students to the exhibit for a digital field trip. Visitors to the exhibit will also have an opportunity to visit the STEM Experiential Hall where you can access interactive and immersive STEM experiences.
Please plan on tuning into watch the Winners Award Ceremony on October 21 at 7pm EDT and see who brings home the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize.
The finalists include 14 girls and 16 boys covering 16 states and representing 29 schools. All finalists receive a $500 cash award and will compete for over $100,000 in prizes.
Four of these Finalists are from Florida!
8th Grade, Herbert C. Hoover Middle School
Comparing the Efficiency, Free Fatty Acid Percentage, and Carbon Dioxide Emissions of Waste Vegetable Oil and Ethiopian Mustard (Brassica carinata) Biodiesels
8th Grade, Lake Eola Charter School
7th Grade, Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Correlation Between Interocular Signal Delay and Luminosity, Measured Through the Perceived Intensity of the Pulfrich Effect, Noting the Impact of Ocular Dominance (2 Year Study – Psychological Adaptations and Optical Illusions
8th Grade, American Heritage School
Testing Phytochemicals for Antinocicepetive Properties in Both Female and Male Drosophila melanogaster in Order to Discover a Natural Painkiller and Reduce Bias in the Drug Industry
Get to know more about each finalist here Broadcom 2020 Florida Finalists
We have made the decision to suspend this year’s 65th State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida.
Under current global and regional health circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 viral epidemic, we have determined that it is not in the best interests of the public health of Florida’s citizens to conduct this year’s SSEF. The risks to more than 950 student finalists, their families, schools, communities, and the more than 800 adult volunteers that support the event, are far too great to justify this year’s SSEF. This event brings together representatives of every age and every region of the state, and the close person-to-person contact during the 3-day event provides for unimpeded viral transmission.
We appreciate all of the hard work that the student finalists, teachers, mentors, and others have accomplished this year. The regional science and engineering fairs of Florida were all a great success and we congratulate all the competitors and the winners who received a bid for the 65th SSEF of Florida.
We know that most students and adults will be disappointed with our decision, but we trust everyone will understand that it was made with the best interests of our population in mind.
Bill Herschleb, Chair, Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
The 2020 State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida will be held March 24th—26th at The RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s Fair will exhibit 875+ projects with over 950 Finalists in Junior (grades 6-8) and
Senior Sections (grades 9-12).
Only Regional Fair Directors, or their Official Designee, are permitted to register all the Finalists for their Region. Registration Packets will be available at The RP Funding Center. Registration Packets contain materials for students to set up their projects, name tags, certificates, schedules, and maps.
Any student not traveling with his/her Region’s Delegation must make arrangements to meet the Regional Fair Director to pick up registration materials. No packets will be opened to remove individual materials for those who are not with their Region Delegation. Students will NOT be allowed to set up their projects until the Region has registered.
WELCOME! Inside this issue: The 2019 State Science and Engineering Fair (SSEF) of Florida will be held March 26th—28th at The RP Funding Center in Lakeland, Florida. This year’s Fair will exhibit 820+ projects with over 875 Finalists in Junior (grades 6-8) and Senior Sections (grades 9-12).
ARRIVAL/REGISTRATION Only Regional Fair Directors, or their Official Designee, are permitted to register all the Finalists for their Region. Registration Packets will be available at The RP Funding Center. Registration Packets contain materials for students to set up their projects, name tags, certificates, schedules, and maps.
ATTENTION PARENTS: Any student not traveling with his/her Region’s Delegation must make arrangements to meet the Regional Fair Director to pick up registration materials. No packets will be opened to remove individual materials for those who are not with their Region Delegation. Students will NOT be allowed to set up their projects until the Region has registered. PARKING There will be no charge for parking at the RP Funding Center on Tuesday or Wednesday. There will be a charge of $10.00 for the Grand Awards Ceremony guests (and $20.00 for buses that park).
SCIENTIFIC REVIEW PROCESS More than 100 members of the Scientific Review Committee (SRC) met March 8th to review and certify the entry materials for the 2019 SSEF. ALL students must have their original protocol papers and log books in their possession for SRC and/or Project Set Up. The Fair Director will receive a packet which contains the P r o j e c t Certification Cards and the Certified Abstracts for each student who has been approved to display his/her project. The certified abstract must be displayed on the left side of the display either on the display board (leave a space) or in a frame that does not have glass. The Project Certification Card must be left on the display for Display & Safety approval. Students NOT receiving these items will have to go to SRC with their Fair Director (Hollingsworth A & B). Students who need to provide additional documentation for their research were notified by the Regional Director. Students with needed corrections will proceed directly to the SRC Staging Room (Hollingsworth A & B) upon arrival. Do not send any paperwork to the FFFS Office. Once students have corrected the discrepancies they will be allowed to set up their project.
WASHINGTON, DC – Sept. 18, 2018– Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public today announced the 30 finalists in the 8th annual Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) middle school competition.
The finalists will travel to Washington, DC from October 19-23 where they will participate in a rigorous competition that leverages Project-based Learning to test and demonstrate their mastery of 21st Century skills of critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration in each of the STEM areas.
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), 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. In addition to participating in team challenges, the finalists will meet with government officials and showcase their projects for the public during a free event at the National Geographic Society on October 20 from 1-4pm. Winners will be named during an awards ceremony on October 23 at the Carnegie Institution for Science.
“Congratulations to the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists – and to every young scientist, engineer and mathematician who has competed in state and regional science fairs this year,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “It is exciting to see so many young people showing their passion for STEM subjects early through competitions like the Broadcom MASTERS. By cultivating their STEM talents in middle school, students will continue in STEM fields in high school and college and become the scientists, engineers and innovators of the future.”
“Science competitions like the Broadcom MASTERS are critical to the STEM talent pipeline,” said Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and Publisher of Science News. “I applaud all the impressive young people who have been named finalists.”
2018 Broadcom MASTERS Fast Facts:
- Nearly the same number of female (14) and male (16) students
- Students from 28 schools, across 14 states
- Most populous states: nine from California, four from Florida, three from Oregon and Georgia, two from Kentucky
- States with one finalist: Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah
- Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from a record number of 2,537 applicants in 35 states.
- Finalist projects cover multiple disciplines of science, including environmental and earth science, medicine and health science, electrical and mechanical engineering, microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, computer science, software engineering, behavioral and social sciences, energy and sustainability, animal science, chemistry and plant science.
- Finalists’ independent research projects include a range of topics such as
- Effect of radiation on bacteria
- Using radio frequency identification technology for school safety
- Designing a dual axis solar tracker
- Using machine learning to forecast the progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
- Detecting concussions in youth sports
A full list of the finalists can be viewed here:
The Broadcom MASTERS is the only middle school STEM competition that leverages Society-affiliated science fairs as a crucial component of the STEM talent pipeline. Only the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade projects entered into Society-affiliated fairs around the country are eligible to apply.
All finalists receive a $500 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC, for the competition, where they will compete for the following awards:
- $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, Co-Founder of Broadcom Corporation, Chairman of the Broadcom Foundation, and Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Limited, for the student who demonstrates mastery of all STEM fields, and exemplifies how research, innovation and teamwork come together to impact our everyday lives.
- $20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields.
- $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, awarded to a student who demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator.
- $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor creating promising solutions to real-world problems.
- First and Second Place Awards issued in each category of STEM of $3,500 or $2,500, respectively, to be used toward a STEM summer camp experience, plus an iPad, with top awards in math from Robert John Floe, President Floe Financial Partners.
- Two Rising Stars in sixth or seventh grade will be named as delegates to represent the U.S. at the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS International next spring in Phoenix. Delegates will attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international high school science fair.
Broadcom MASTERS recognizes finalists’ science teachers with a one-year classroom subscription to Science News magazine and awards the finalists’ schools with $1,000 each to use toward STEM activities.
Alachua Region Science and Engineering Fair State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida — Ying Scholars
Developing a Device to Predict Autistic Meltdowns Using Arduino & MS Azure
Project Background: Asmi knows a boy whose sister has autism. Autism includes a range of conditions. People with autism often have problems with social skills. Many of also have repetitive behaviors or problems with communication. Although some people with autism can hold jobs and function at a high level, other people have more serious problems. The sister of the boy Asmi knows has serious disabilities. Sometimes the girl and other people with autism have meltdowns. They lose control when they become overwhelmed. Asmi wanted to help. Her device aims to warn people when one of those meltdowns might occur. With a bit of warning, family members and caregivers could perhaps take action to help protect someone.
Tactics and Results: Asmi built and programmed a device that tracks users’ heart rates. As someone wears it on their wrist, the device sends data to a web-based and mobile program. The program calculates the beats per minute. It also calculates additional statistics dealing with the intervals and peaks as the heartbeat rate changes. The program then compares those data to the “normal” heart rate range for each individual user. If the heartbeats begin to increase too rapidly in a short time, or if they
soar or dip abnormally, the program sends out a notification through the mobile app. That warns a parent or caregiver of a potential meltdown. Testing with peers, publicly available data and simulated data showed that the device could accurately detect and predict abnormal heartbeat rates. Asmi hopes to work with university researchers to get more data on autistic children. That way she can keep working to improve her device.
Other Interests: “The music a piano can create is beautiful and so relaxing,” says Asmi. She has been playing for more than eight years. She also enjoys singing in the choir and playing basketball with friends. “It’s a perfect activity for anyone to have fun!” she says. Beyond that, Asmi considers math her “greatest passion.” She often hosts summer math circles at a neighborhood clubhouse. And she tutors other students in her local area. Asmi plans to become a computer scientist.
Lake Highland Preparatory School
Dr. Nelson Ying-Orange County Science Exposition and State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida — Ying Scholars
Field Testing of Feeding Bacterium Bifidobacterium infantis (Found in a Human Gut Probiotic) in Order to Improve Honey Bee Health
Project Background: Honey bees play a huge role as pollinators. They fertilize many of the plants farmers grow, which helps provide us with fruits and vegetables. Seventy years ago the United States had about six million managed beehives. Today fewer than three million remain. The rapid decline needs to stop, Varun says. “Otherwise, our most prized pollinators could go extinct.” A university professor’s talk taught him about immune system problems faced by many bees. Varun wondered whether supplemental feeding of a helpful gut bacterium could help honey bees. He decided to find out — even if it meant a bit of discomfort. “I was stung 42 times, once even in my bellybutton!” he says.
Tactics and Results: Varun used a type of bacteria called Bifidobacterium infantis (B. infantis). It helps keep people’s digestive tracts healthy. Some research suggests it mayalso help with the immune system. Varun fed sugar solutions with high and low doses of the bacteria to bees in two hives each at a local apiary. He fed plain sugar solution to a fifth hive that was his control group. Varun replenished the solutions every two weeks for 6 weeks. Afterward, he collected data from each hive. He counted the eggs and young in five frames from each hive. He weighed each hive’s honey. At set intervals, he tallied bees exiting each
hive to forage, and he calculated totals for the number of bees and brood in each hive. “We clearly had a winner,” Varun reports. “The low dose-fed hives outperformed high dose and sugar solution-fed hives in three of the four study parameters.” In his view, the bacteria have the potential to be an effective tool for enhancing honey bee health.
Other Interests: Varun loves doing theatre. “It has taught me creativity, patience, hard work and dedication throughout many rigorous rehearsals and performances,” he says. He’s also in choir and enjoys Bollywood dance. He plays several instruments too, including the piano, violin, guitar and drums. As an athlete, he’s active in tennis and track. Varun plans to become an environmental engineer. “This job can change the world in such great ways,” he says.
Surfside Middle School
Florida Three Rivers Regional Science and Engineering Fair
Operation Turtle Grass: Exploring the Relationship Between Turbidity & Thalassia testudinum in St. Andrew Bay & Grand Lagoon
Project Background: “We live on a lagoon near the Gulf of Mexico, and fish is in our diet,” Lillian says. “I chose my seagrass project partly because healthy fish require healthy seagrass.” Studies have shown that the blade width of turtle grass is an indicator of its health. Lillian wondered how the water’s turbidity might affect the turtle grass’s health. Turbidity deals with how cloudy or hazy water is, and soil runoff or other pollution can increase turbidity. Lillian focused on a specific type of turtle grass growing in a bay near her hometown. The bay is an estuary – a transition zone between a river and a marine environment.
Tactics and Results: Lillian collected water samples from four places in St. Andrew Bay in Florida. To measure turbidity, she compared the water’s observed turbidity in vials to calibrated samples. She also described the appearance of the water at each spot. Water from the location with the highest turbidity was “dark and murky,” Lillian notes. “In fact, mud residue formed on my skin when collecting samples there.” That spot was near a bridge and concentrated human development, she adds. Lillian also carefully cut more than 1,900 turtle grass blades from her sampling spots. Back at home, she counted and logged the number of healthy blade samples from each location versus ones that were damaged or dead. She also used a ruler to measure the width of each blade at its base. She recorded all the turtle grass data on a spreadsheet. Then, she compared the average blade widths with the turbidity levels at each location. The more turbid the water was, the lower the average blade width was, Lillian found.
Other Interests: “I love baton twirling because I get very excited and filled with joy when I finally master a trick like the vertical one-turn,” Lillian says. She also enjoys dance, especially lyrical and contemporary styles. She shines on stage too. She recently played Gertrude McFuzz in “Seussical the Musical, Jr.” Her other activities include choir, yearbook and student council. Lillian hopes to become an architect. “Architecture will bring together my love of design, art and color,” she says.
Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School
South Florida Science and Engineering Fair
Paraplegics Achieving Stability in the Vertical Wind Tunnel
Project Background: People who are paraplegics can’t control their legs and lower bodies. Yet many of them still enjoy adventures. Gabriela learned that when she met Jessika and Rey. Both have paraplegia, yet they love assisted skydiving outdoors. “They say they feel free!” Gabriela says. Gabriela enjoys indoor skydiving in a vertical wind tunnel and wanted to help paraplegics to learn that sport as well. However, there was a problem. To “catch the wind,” indoor skydivers need to keep their hips down, arms out in front, and legs bent up behind them. How could paraplegics do that, if they couldn’t control their legs?
Gabriela decided to find a way.
Tactics and Results: Gabriela built models for two devices to keep a paraplegic person’s legs in the proper position for indoor skydiving. One model holds the ankles in place. The other is a right-angle pad for the knees. For the ankle holder’s materials, she used Oodles Monster Jumbo noodle foam and industrial strength Velcro. Those materials would not hurt a person’s skin. Yet they would be strong enough to hold the ankles 30.48 centimeters (12 inches) apart and prevent any flapping. To make the knee pad, Gabriela used computer design software and a 3D printer with plastic “ink.” Next came field testing at an indoor skydiving center. A professional skydiver and Gabriela both tested the models three times inside the wind tunnel. “Finally, two paraplegic individuals tested the models,” she reports. “It was a success!” Gabriela has since been working another issue for on a way to accommodate a paraplegic’s urine catheter better. That wasn’t a problem in the trials. Nonetheless, she says, “I learned from doing my project that ideas are never final.”
Other Interests: In addition to indoor sky diving, Gabriela’s school and community activities include Girl Scouts, art club, and yearbook. Biking, reading and traveling are other favorite pastimes, as well as playing with her dog Amber. “I am interested in nanosystems engineering for a career, Gabriela says. She likes that it has applications in a wide range of fields. For now, she works with computer design software and makes things at a nearby maker lab.
Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition, inspiring the next generation of scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the 21st century and beyond. We believe middle school is a critical time when young people identify their personal passion, and if they find STEM elements, they can be inspired to follow their passion by taking STEM courses in high school.
The Top 300 MASTERS are honored for their work with a prize package that includes an award ribbon, semifinalist certificate of accomplishment, Broadcom MASTERS backpack, a Broadcom MASTERS decal, a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine, an Inventor’s Notebook, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation, a one-year subscription to Wolfram Mathematica software, courtesy of Wolfram Research and a special prize from Jeff Glassman, CEO of Covington Capital Management. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each Top 300 MASTERS’ designated teacher also will receive a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag, a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine, and a special edition booklet of Invention and Innovation articles, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation.
The Top 300 MASTERS include more females than males with 152 girls and 145 boys selected from a record 2,537 applicants. The students come from 35 states, with 78 from California, 33 from Florida and 21 from Texas.
USFL05 Canterbury School Jason Nanda (6th Grade) Fort Myers, Florida
Does Transmission Efficiency Correlate with Long-Term Durability in Worm Gear Reducers?
USFL07 Okaloosa STEMM Academy Gabriel Lerner-Sperow (7th Grade)*Niceville, Florida
Fueling the Future: Hydrogen Production Yield and Rate Dependent upon Aluminum Surface Area
USFL08 Abraham Lincoln Middle School Anjana Balachandar (8th Grade)*Gainesville, Florida
The Behavior of Bent Backbones
USFL08 Abraham Lincoln Middle School Janani Kumaran (8th Grade)*Gainesville, Florida
Integrated Control of the Invasive Aquatic Plant Hydrilla Using Snails and a Plant Growth Regulator (Continuation Project: Year 2)
USFL08 Abraham Lincoln Middle School Akash Verma (7th Grade)*Gainesville, Florida
Boosting Cognitive Skills: An EEG Study
USFL09 Canterbury School Maya Chandar (8th Grade)*Fort Myers, Florida
The Effect of Laser Beams on the Cellular Respiration and ATP Production in Zophobas morio (A Novel 3rd Year Study)
USFL09 American Heritage School Christian Custodio (8th Grade) Coral Springs, Florida Florida
Analysis of Monotherapy and Combination Therapy on Helicobacter felis
USFL09 American Heritage School Rohan Kumar (8th Grade) Miramar, Florida
Subculturing Coccolithophores with Iron Fertilization to Sequester Carbon Dioxide as a Potential Solution to Global Warming
USFL09 Crystal Lake Middle School Khushi Desai (7th Grade) Coral Springs, Florida
Effect of Colloidal Solution Turbidity on Optimum Consumption of Metal-Based Coagulant in Clarification of Colloidal Particles from Solution
USFL10 Julia Landon College Preparatory and Leadership Development School Chace Caven (7th Grade)*Jacksonville, Florida
Designing Ligands that Dock with Mutated LRRK2 Proteins as a Potential Intervention for Parkinson’s Disease
USFL10 Julia Landon College Preparatory and Leadership Development School Nicole Stover (8th Grade)*Jacksonville, Florida
The Effect of Dissolved Oxygen Augmentation on the Kratky Non-Circulating Method of Hydroponic Tomato Cultivation
USFL14 Ronald McNair Magnet Middle School Kai Aravena (8th Grade) Melbourne, Florida
The Safest Catcher’s Mask
USFL15 Saint Rose of Lima Catholic School Gabriela Muriel (8th Grade) Aventura, Florida
Paraplegics Achieving Stability in the Vertical Wind Tunnel
USFL15 John I. Smith K–8 Center Carina Mariaca (8th Grade) Doral, Florida
Squeeze the Green
USFL17 Lake Highland Preparatory School Varun Madan (8th Grade)*Orlando, Florida
Field Testing of Feeding Bacterium Bifidobacterium infantis (Found in a Human Gut Probiotic) in Order to Improve Honey Bee Health
USFL17 Orange County Preparatory Academy Mikayla Simmons (8th Grade) Orlando, Florida
The Number 7 May Prove to be Lucky with Cancer
USFL19 Covenant Christian School Colin Campbell (8th Grade) Panama City, Florida
The Effect of In-Water Application of Vibration on the Posterior Regeneration of Dugesia tigrina
USFL19 Surfside Middle School Lillian Mefford (8th Grade) Panama City Beach, Florida
Operation Turtle Grass: Exploring the Relationship Between Turbidity and Thalassia testudinum in St. Andrew Bay and Grand Lagoon
USFL21 Fruit Cove Middle School Lourdes McKay (8th Grade) St. Johns, Florida
Mythbusting: Does Coffee Roast Style Affect Caffeine Concentrations?
USFL21 Liberty Pines Academy Hannah Rivkin (7th Grade) St Augustine, Florida
Which Airfoil Type Can Achieve the Greatest Angle of Attack (CL Max) Without Losing Lift?
USFL23 Sanford Middle School Deepika Kannan (8th Grade)*Oviedo, Florida
Li-fi Versus Wi-fi: Factors Affecting Data Transmission Across Electromagnetic
USFL23 Sanford Middle School Annika Vaidyanathan (8th Grade)*Oviedo, Florida
The Sweet Sound of Silence: A New Design for Quieter Vent and Fan Grilles (Year 2 Study)
USFL23 Sanford Middle School Kyra Henriques (7th Grade) Sanford, Florida
Testing the Antimicrobial Properties of Herbs and Spices on Aerobic Microbes in Milk
USFL23 Seminole Science Charter School Timo Horn (6th Grade) Winter Park, Florida
Performance Difference Between Lithium-Based Automotive Greases
USFL29 American Heritage School of Boca Delray Ayden Lapon (8th Grade) Delray Beach, Florida
Does Bacteria Show Aggressive and Territorial Behavior?
USFL29 The Weiss School Benjamin Barron (8th Grade) Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
Coronary Stent Design and Optimization
USFL30 Charles S. Rushe Middle School Hailey Mahadeen (8th Grade) Lutz, Florida
USFL31 Gifford Middle School Zachary Hessler (7th Grade)*Vero Beach, Florida
SOS 2: See Our Silence; An Optical Approach to Controlling Digital Noise Cancellation
USFL31 Storm Grove Middle School Lucero Long (8th Grade)*Vero Beach, Florida
Do You Get My Drift? The Effect of Drift Reduction Agent on Spray Patterns
USFL50 Howard Middle School Vivek Sandrapaty (7th Grade)*Ocala, Florida
Take a Dive into the Future of Water Safety: An Idea for a Small Electronic Device that May Prevent Accidental Drowning in Swimming Pools
USFL50 Lawton Chiles Middle School Varsha Naga (8th Grade)*Oviedo, Florida
Rush to Green Gold: Comparative Efficiency of Biofuel Processed from Green Sources versus Fossil Fuels
USFL50Pine Ridge Middle School Benno Hermans (7th Grade) Naples, Florida
USFL50 West Shore Junior/Senior High School Kaylee Krininger (8th Grade) Melbourne, Florida Determining if a Method Using Chemical and Gelid Temperature Cell Lysis can Most Effectively Decellularize Bos taurus Renal Tissue while Preserving the Extracellular Matrix Scaffolding and Other Intracellular Contents (A Second Year Study)
LAKELAND, Fla. (March 8, 2018)– Florida Foundation for Future Scientists (FFFS) continues their longstanding commitment to stimulating student, teacher and public interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) with the 63rd State Science Engineering Fair of Florida (SSEF) March 27-29 2018 in Lakeland, FL.
More than 900 aspiring engineers, scientists and mathematicians from across Florida will compete in the SSEF STEM Competition. Students have an opportunity to win $1.2 million in awards, prizes, scholarships and internships. The top senior projects will advance to the Intel International Science and Engineering (ISEF) STEM Competition in Pittsburgh to represent SSEF. Florida is the single largest state present at the Intel ISEF with 93 finalists winning 23 place awards in 2017 – including 3 Best in Category and one Best in Fair Grand Prize Winner of $50,000.
“We are excited about entering the 63rd STEM competition season. Our goal is to recognize scientific talent in young people. They are making our planet more sustainable and livable. SSEF provides a unique opportunity to motivate students to learn. The students excitement to share their research proves that notion. ” says Nancy Besley, Exec. Dir. Florida Foundation for Future Scientists
The efforts to introduce more students to careers in STEM through SSEF cannot take place without the help of the community. This year, the SSEF STEM Competition is setting its sights on reaching more students and showing more businesses how their monetary donations have a positive impact on the growth of SSEF and the opportunities they provide to Florida students.
About State Science and Engineering Fair of Florida- STEM Competition
The SSEF– STEM Competition is the largest academic competition in the state of Florida and has touched the lives of many students, teachers, and adults since its inception in 1957. SSEF is a three-day display of science research project exhibits prepared by aspiring scientists and engineers in grades six through twelve. More than 55,000 students are involved at local school and regional levels before being selected to compete at the SSEF and other affiliated competitions. The SSEF is regulated by the guidelines and policies of ISEF.
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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.