2019 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists Announced
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public on September 18 announced the 30 finalists in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) middle school competition. 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 finalists will travel to Washington, DC from October 25-30 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. The finalists will also meet with government officials and showcase their projects for the public during a free event at the University of the District of Columbia on October 26 from 1-3:30pm. Winners will be named during an awards ceremony on October 29 at the Shakespeare Theater Company Sidney Harman Hall.
The finalists include 18 girls and 12 boys covering 13 states and representing 28 schools. California has the most finalists with ten, followed by Texas and Utah with three finalists each, and Louisiana, Ohio, Oregon and Pennsylvania with two finalists each. Finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among the Top 300 MASTERS and over 2,300 applicants in 47 states, Washington, DC and two US territories.
2019 Top 300 MASTERS Announced
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public on September 4 announced the Top 300 competitors in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation's premier 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 to solve the grand challenges of the 21st Century.
The Top 300 MASTERS include a nearly equal number of girls and boys with about 52% males and 47% females selected from over 2,300 applicants. The students come from 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, with 77 from California, 40 from Florida and 29 from Texas. 199 students attend public schools, 76 attend private schools, 16 attend charter schools and nine are home schooled.
30 finalists will be chosen from this select pool for an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to compete for more than $100,000 in awards and prizes. Finalists will be announced September 18.
Broadcom MASTERS 2018 Winners
On October 23, the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the top winners of the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS, who took home a total of $100,000 in awards. Top winners include:
The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000
Project: Designing a Data-Driven Dual Axis Solar Tracker
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement: $20,000
Project: Predicting the Future: Using Machine Learning to Forecast the Progression of Alzheimer’s Disease
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: $10,000
Project: Bio.fiber.plastic: The Effect of Lignocellulosic Fiber in Enhancing the Formation and Tensile Strength of Rice Bioplastic
Lemelson Award for Invention: $7,500
Project: Terrella Aurora Model: A Demonstration of Charged Particle Shielding for Space Exploration
Congratulations to this year’s 2018 Broadcom MASTERS Winners! For more information and to view the full list of winners, read the press release.