Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public 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 athttps://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.
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
In recognition of their achievements, Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will receive a prize package containing:
- Semifinalist certificate of accomplishment
- Broadcom MASTERS backpack
- Broadcom MASTERS decal
- An award ribbon
- Inventor’s Notebook and copy of Howtoons: Tools of Mass Construction graphic novel, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation
- One year subscription to Mathematica+ software, courtesy of Wolfram Research
- 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 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 $10,000Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention.
Watch how Broadcom supports project based learning to encourage students to enter STEM careers: