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Thirty of the Nation’s Top Middle School STEM Students Named 2018 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists

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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:

https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2018-finalists.

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.

 

JANANI KUMARAN

Abraham Lincoln

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.

 

VARUN MADAN

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.

 

LILLIAN MEFFORD

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.

 

GABRIELA MURIEL

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.

 

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CONGRATULATIONS FLORIDA! Broadcom MASTERS Announces the Top 300 Middle School Students in National STEM Competition

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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.

 

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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

Spectra

 

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

Cryoprotection

 

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

Bioplastics

 

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)

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Florida Community Builds Pipeline Of Stem Leaders With Annual Science Competition

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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.

For more information or to donate online, visit ssefflorida.com.  

Media Contact: Nancy Besley, Executive Director- 407-473-8475 – nancybesley@gmail.com

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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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CONGRATULATIONS! FLORIDA Broadcom MASTERS Top Middle School Students in STEM Competition

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Florida has 31 students recognized as part of the top 300 Middle School Students in STEM Competition out of nearly 2,500 nominees who are competing for a trip to Washington, DC and $100,000+ in prizes. These 31 students are from 13 of our Regional Fairs in the state of Florida!

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 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.

USFL05 – Thomas Alva Edison RSEF
Gateway Charter Intermediate School
Junwei Tan (7th Grade) Fort Myers, Florida
Autonomous Search and Rescue

Gulf Middle School
Sierra Edelstein (8th Grade) Cape Coral, Florida
The Pearl of the Ocean: Do Freshwater Releases from Lake Okeechobee Affect the Filtration Rate of Eastern Oysters (Crassostrea virginica) in Southwest Florida Estuaries?

USFL07 – East Panhandle RSEF
Okaloosa STEMM Academy
Alexa Drab (8th Grade)* Niceville, Florida
Neonicotinoids’ Role In Colony Collapse Disorder: Infliction or Fiction?

USFL08 – Alachua RSEF
Abraham Lincoln Middle School
Jad Helmy (8th Grade)* Gainesville, Florida
Optimizing and Extending Alzimio to Help Dementia, Autism, and Alzheimer’s Patients

Howard W. Bishop Middle School
James Cohan (8th Grade)* Gainesville, Florida
Determining the Optimal Cooking Method and Pan Material for Preserving Nutrients in White Cauliflower

USFL09 – Broward RSEF
American Heritage School
Gauri Kasarla (8th Grade) Plantation, Florida
Testing the Efficiency of Avastin in Zebrafish Embryos to Design a Control Mechanism for Possible Implications in the Treatment of Hypoxia in Premature Infants

American Heritage School
Sara Kaufman (6th Grade) Cooper City, Florida
The Effects of Wind Mitigation Devices on Gabled Roofs

USFL10 – Northeast Florida RSEF
Darnell Cookman Middle/High School of the Medical Arts
Joel Valan (7th Grade) Jacksonville, Florida
Preventing Zika: The Effect of the pH of Water on the Growth and Survivability of Mosquito Larvae Culex pipiens

Saint Joseph Catholic School
Mailene Miranda (8th Grade) Jacksonville, Florida
What Makes Science A-Peel-ing: Tensile Strength of Banana Fibers

USFL14 – Brevard Intracoastal RSEF
Cocoa Beach Junior/Senior High School
Alexander LaFortune (8th Grade)* Satellite Beach, Florida
Contaminated vs. Clean, Year 2: The Effects of Unfiltered and UV-filtered Solar Radiation on the Viability of Gram-positive Micrococcus luteus and Gram-negative E. coli K-12 Bacteria

USFL19 – Three Rivers RSEF
North Bay Haven
Samantha Kammerer (8th Grade) Lynn Haven, Florida
Can Cryogenically Preserving Seeds Save Florida’s Citrus From Extinction?

North Bay Haven
Emelia Clark (8th Grade) Panama City, Florida
Oyster Propagation

USFL21 – St. Johns RSEF
Alice B. Landrum Middle School
Natalie Byron (8th Grade) Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Mighty Microgreens: Don’t Judge Your Greens by Their Size

Fruit Cove Middle School
Johnathan Schoenborn (7th Grade) St. Johns, Florida
From Rubbish to Radishes: Does Compost Produce Increased Plant Growth Over Manufactured Fertilizer?

Valley Ridge Academy
Aditya Singh (8th Grade)* Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Developing Distance Based Edge Detection

USFL23 – Seminole RSEF
Jackson Heights Middle School
Laboni Santra (8th Grade) Oviedo, Florida
Tracking Therapeutics in a Leaf Using a Fluorescent Dye

Sanford Middle School
Annika Vaidyanathan (7th Grade) Oviedo, Florida
Can We Have Some Quiet Please? The Effects of Shape and Profile on Noise!

St. Luke’s Lutheran School
Emily Grossenbaugh (8th Grade) Oviedo, Florida
Print vs. Nature

USFL26 – Capital RSEF
Deerlake Middle School
Brock Womble (8th Grade) Tallahassee, Florida
Fish Friendly Lakes: Conducting Water Quality Tests to Determine the Impact of the Surrounding Environment of Lentic Water Systems on Nonpoint Source Pollution Levels Year 2

USFL28 – Brevard Mainland RSEF
West Shore Junior/Senior High School
Nathan Foo (8th Grade)* West Melbourne, Florida
Deriving a Predator-prey Mathematical Model for Regulating the Growth of Harmful Algae Blooms with Different Species of Zooplankton inside of a Water Ecological System

USFL30 – Pasco RSEF
Charles S. Rushe Middle School
Sarah Menard (8th Grade) Odessa, Florida
How Particle Size of Surface Terrain Affects the Amplitude of Seismic Waves Produced by a Meteor Impact

USFL32 – Sarasota RSEF
McIntosh Middle School
Gavin Putnal (8th Grade) Sarasota, Florida
The Best Offense Is a Diaper Defense

USFL34 – Lake RSEF
Tavares Middle School
Luke Burris (8th Grade) Tavares, Florida
Applying the Quantum Inconsistency Problem: Year 2

USFL50 – State Science & Engineering Fair of Florida

Abraham Lincoln Middle School – Alachua RSEF
Anjana Balachandar (7th Grade)* Gainesville, Florida
High-Fives for Wi-Fi

Abraham Lincoln Middle School – Alachua RSEF
Janani Kumaran (7th Grade)* Gainesville, Florida
Can Snails Act as Biological Control Agents for the Aquatic Invasive Plant, Hydrilla?

American Heritage School – Broward RSEF
Andrew Simon (8th Grade) Davie, Florida
Determination of a Correlation Between the Capsaicinoid Concentration of the Fruit of the Genus Capsicum and Organic Growth Conditions

Canterbury School – Thomas Alva Edison RSEF
Maya Chandar (7th Grade)* Fort Myers, Florida
The Effects of High Frequency Shortwaves and Laser Beams on the Metamorphosis of Melittobia digitata (A Novel Second Year Study)

Creekside Middle School – Tomoka RSEF
Scott Tobin (8th Grade)* Port Orange, Florida
By Using A Solar Powered Tesla Coil Can Water Be Made Potable Through Ozonification

Gifford Middle School – Indian River RSEF
Zachary Hessler (6th Grade)* Vero Beach, Florida
Save Our Silence: A Digital Approach To Noise Reduction

Julia Landon College Preparatory and Leadership Development School – Northeast RSEF
Jasmine Roncevic (8th Grade)* Jacksonville, Florida
Biodegradation of Polystyrene by Tenebrio molitor larvae

Okaloosa STEMM Academy – East Panhandle RSEF
Gabriel Lerner-Sperow (6th Grade) Valparaiso, Florida
Hydrogen Production through Ratio Variance of Sodium Carbonate and Calcium Hydroxide

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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 FLORIDA – Intel International Science and Engineering Fair 2017 Grand Award Winners

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Amber Yang, Ivo Zell, and Valerio Pagliarino won the top awards at the Intel ISEF 2017.

PHOTO COURTESY OF SOCIETY FOR SCIENCE & THE PUBLIC/CHRIS AYERS PHOTOGRAPHY.

Los Angeles, CA – Society for Science & the Public, in partnership with the Intel Foundation, announced Grand Awards of the Intel ISEF 2017. Student winners are ninth through twelfth graders who earned the right to compete at the Intel ISEF 2017 by winning a top prize at a local, regional, state or national science fair.

For each Best of Category winner, a $1,000 grant will be given to the winners’ school and the Intel ISEF Affiliated Fair they represent.

Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award
Young Scientist Award of $50,000

F PHYS021 – Multi-Orbit Space Debris Cloud Tracking Using Iterative Closest Points Registration with Machine Learning

  • Amber Yang, Trinity Preparatory School, FL, Dr. Ying Orange Expo

 

Intel Foundation Cultural and Scientific Visit to China Award
The Intel Foundation believes that cultural experiences can help shape and strengthen scientific research. The Intel Foundation has partnered with the China Adolescents for Science and Technology Organization to award an 11-day trip to the Chinese cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Hong Kong. The winners will attend the China Adolescent Science and Technology Innovation Contest, the largest national science competition in China.

EGPH001 – Thermoelectric Generator Powered Tracking Concentrated Photovoltaic System

  • Camille Miles, Niceville High School, FL, East Panhandle RSEF/SSEF Ying Scholar

 

 ANIMAL SCIENCES

Intel ISEF Best of Category Award of $5,000

ANIM028 – Synthesis of a Soy Protein Hydrogel for Invasive Snail Control in Agricultural Settings

  • Jessica Young, Palm Beach Central High School, FL, Palm Beach RSEF

 

First Award of $3,000

ANIM028 – Synthesis of a Soy Protein Hydrogel for Invasive Snail Control in Agricultural Settings

  • Jessica Young, Palm Beach Central High School, FL, United States of America

ANIM049 – Sustainable Mosquito Control: A Chemical-Free, Low-Cost Approach to Controlling Aedes aegypti, a Vector of Zika Virus

  • Shantanu Jakhete, South Fork High School, FL, Martin RSEF/SSEF Ying Scholar

 

Third Award of $1,000

ANIM030 – Using Response Surface Methods to Optimize a Repellant for the Invasive Sri Lankan Weevil, Myllocerus undecimpustulatus undatus Marshall (Coleoptera: Curculionidae: Entiminae)

  • Sana Shareef, Saint Edward’s School, FL, Indian River RSEF

ANIM013 – Home Ranges of Atlantic Great White Sharks, Phase IIANIM013 – Home Ranges of Atlantic Great White Sharks, Phase II

  • Kelly van Woesik, Satellite High School, FL, Brevard Intracoastal RSEF

Fourth Award of $500

ANIM008 – Shining Light on the Blind: Evolutionary Regression and Adaptive Progression in the Micro-Vertebrate Ramphotyphlops braminus, Year Three

  • River Grace, West Shore Junior/Senior High School, FL, Brevard Mainland RSEF

ANIM001 – Blue Light Effect Study: Impact on Drosophila’s Cognitive Ability and Gender Ratios

  • James Staman, The Bolles School, FL, Northeast Florida RSEF

 

BEHAVIORAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Third Award of $1,000

BEHA002 – Kemotions: Keys to Emotional Cues

  • Sapna Patel, Oviedo High School, FL, Seminole RSEF

 

Fourth Award of $500

BEHA017T – Does Modern Information Technology Exacerbate Teen Procrastination?

  • Abigail Lifferth, The Villages Charter High School, FL, Sumter RSEF

BEHA017T – Does Modern Information Technology Exacerbate Teen Procrastination?

  • Carter Draney, The Villages Charter High School, FL, Sumter RSEF

BEHA017T – Does Modern Information Technology Exacerbate Teen Procrastination?

  • Tiffany Liu, The Villages Charter High School, FL, Sumter RSEF

 

BIOCHEMISTRY

Third Award of $1,000

BCHM032 – Treating Hypertension: Using Natural Compounds to Inhibit Angiotensin Converting Enzyme

  • Brindha Rathinasabapathi, Eastside High School, FL, Alachua RSEF

 

 BIOMEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

Third Award of $1,000

BMED015 – A Novel Method for Auto-Suturing in Robotic-Assisted Laparoscopic Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Anastomosis

  • Ethan Levy, Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School, FL, South Florida RSEF

BMED001 – The Effects of Secondhand E-Cigarette Vapor on Drosophila melanogaster

  • Lindsay Poulos, Episcopal School of Jacksonville, FL, Northeast Florida RSEF

 

CHEMISTRY

Second Award of $1,500

CHEM047 – Development of an Algorithm to Filter and Assign Signals in Protein NMR Spectroscopy to Accelerate Drug Discovery

  • Suganth Kannan, American Heritage School, FL, Broward RSEF

 

Fourth Award of $500

CHEM063 – Improving Nitration Activity of Fused TxtE-CYP102AI Reductase Domain by Optimizing the Linker Length

  • Padmavathi Reddy, American Heritage School, FL, Broward RSEF/Ying Scholar

CHEM010 – Copper Oxide Nanoparticles for Adsorption of Phosphate in a Novel Gel-loaded Delivery System

  • Kunal Upadya, Vanguard High School, FL, Big Springs RSEF

 

EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

Third Award of $1,000

EAEV030 – Increasing the Sustainability of a Heterotrophic Algae Biomass Production System: A Six Year Study of Chlorella vulgaris

  • Alexandra Gabrielski, Viera High School, FL, Brevard Mainland RSEF

EAEV005 – Improving Shade Balls

  • Kenneth West, Melbourne High School, FL, Brevard South RSEF

 

ENERGY: PHYSICAL

Intel ISEF Best of Category Award Winner of $5,000

EGPH001 – Thermoelectric Generator Powered Tracking Concentrated Photovoltaic System

  • Camille Miles, Niceville High School, FL, East Panhandle RSEF/SSEF Ying Scholar

First Award of $3,000

EGPH001 – Thermoelectric Generator Powered Tracking Concentrated Photovoltaic System

  • Camille Miles, Niceville High School, FL, East Panhandle RSEF/SSEF Ying Scholar
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ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

 

Second Award of $1,500

ENEV037 – Functionalizing Biochar with Layered Double Hydroxides for Removal of Phosphate and Nitrate from Aqueous Solutions

  • Stefan Wan, Alexander W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts, FL, Palm Beach RSEF

 

Third Award of $1,000

ENEV071 – Reinventing Photobioreactors: Eliminating Industrial Emissions While Producing Energy

  • Kevin Matos, The Villages Charter School, FL, Sumter RSEF

 

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

 

Fourth Award of $500

ENEV005 – Do Herbicides and Fertilizers Found in Surface Runoff Affect the Oyster (Crassostrea virginica) and Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) Ability to Naturally Filter and Improve the Overall Water Quality of the Indian River Lagoon?

  • Kyle Bramblett, Titusville High School, FL, Brevard Mainland RSEF

MATHEMATICS

Fourth Award of $500

MATH041 – Looking into the Past for Insight on the Future: Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning for Time Series Data

  • Dahlia Dry, Fort Myers High School, FL, Thomas Alva Edison RSEF

 

PHYSICS AND ASTRONOMY

Intel ISEF Best of Category Award Winner of $5,000

PHYS021 – Multi-Orbit Space Debris Cloud Tracking Using Iterative Closest Points Registration with Machine Learning

  • Amber Yang, Trinity Preparatory School, FL, Dr. Ying Orange Expo

First Award of $3,000

PHYS021 – Multi-Orbit Space Debris Cloud Tracking Using Iterative Closest Points Registration with Machine Learning

  • Amber Yang, Trinity Preparatory School, FL, Dr. Ying Orange Expo

 

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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