Broadcom MASTERS: Meet the winners!

Middle-school researchers show off the work that won them a place in the national spotlight

By Sid Perkins, 14:56 PM November 18, 2013

Even in the midst of a government shutdown, Washington, D.C., can be a busy place. At least it was for the 30 middle-school students who recently traveled to the nation’s capital to vie for prizes in a competition called the Broadcom MASTERS.

Each of the 14 girls and 16 boys qualified for the three-day research competition on the basis of a project entered at a local or regional science fair. The finalists, drawn from 17 states, conducted original research on everything from genetically engine...

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