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


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 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:


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.


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



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



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



Third Award of $1,000

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

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



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



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



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



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



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




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


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



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



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


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


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


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