This fall, Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public, will partner with the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California to host the Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week. Thirty Broadcom MASTERS finalists will be competing in a week-long series of hands-on challenges and other activities taking place October 1-7, 2015. Finalists qualified by placing in the top 10% of their Society-affiliated science fair, completing an online application, and were selected from a pool of more than 2,200 applicants.
The Computer History Museum will host the Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase on Saturday, October 3 from 1-4 PM. The showcase is a great opportunity for the public to meet the finalists and talk with them about their research. Students, teachers, parents, scientists, engineers and members of the general public with an enthusiasm for science and engineering are all invited.
Groups are welcome to attend, and the event is free. Students will also have the opportunity to play "Broadcom MASTERS Bingo" and learn interesting facts about the finalists, as well as participate in hands-on activities hosted by the Computer History Museum. Visitors to the showcase will also receive a discount to visit the rest of the museum.
The museum’s education staff will also create and run several of the hands-on educational STEM challenges that the finalists will be participating in during the week. Examples of challenges hosted by past partners include Let's Roll, a roller coaster-building activity; Build a Better Building, designing a house that could withstand a hurricane simulated by a leafblower; Power to the People, designing and building wind generators; and It's a Blast, controlling the height of an Alka-Seltzer rocket.
Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public, is the premier science and engineering competition for sixth to eighth grade students in the United States. The Finals Week is being held in Silicon Valley this year to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the program. Top winners will be announced at the awards ceremony and dinner held at the Museum on Tuesday, October 6.
Interested in participating in a local science fair? Find a Society-affiliated fair near you!