Meet the Broadcom MASTERS 30 Finalists - the Nation's Top Middle School STEM Leaders & Innovators
WASHINGTON, Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science today announced the 30 finalists in the 11th annual Broadcom MASTERS®, the nation's premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) middle school competition. After a year where all our lives were impacted by the pandemic, more than 25% of the finalists are taking on a challenge that we all faced in 2020 and 2021: COVID-19.
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program founded and produced by the Society for Science, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future. Each of the 30 finalists will participate in team challenges in addition to being judged on their science research project during a virtual competition scheduled to take place from October 22 to October 28. The challenges leverage 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.
"I'm once again dazzled by the caliber of our 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists, especially because they faced tremendous adversity conducting scientific research and developing engineering prototypes during the pandemic," said Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation. "For all of the associates with Broadcom Inc. and Broadcom Foundation, this is a very special year since we are celebrating more than a decade of sponsoring this wonderful middle school competition in partnership with the Society for Science."
"While living through this pandemic, these students embraced the critical nature of science to our daily lives, with many finalists researching topics connected to COVID-19," said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of the Society for Science and Publisher of Science News. "These young people make me hopeful about our future. They will solve the world's most intractable problems."
2021 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists Fast Facts:
The finalists' projects focus on a variety of topics, including:
A full list of the finalists can be viewed here: https://www.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters/2021-finalists/
The Broadcom MASTERS is the only middle school STEM competition that leverages Society-affiliated science fairs as a crucial component of the STEM talent pipeline. Only the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects entered into Society-affiliated fairs around the country are eligible to apply.
All finalists receive a $500 cash award and will participate in the finals week of the competition, encompassing multiple team challenges, where they will compete for the following awards:
Broadcom MASTERS recognizes finalists' science teachers with a one-year classroom subscription to Science News magazine and awards the finalists' schools with $1,000 each to use toward STEM activities.
About Broadcom Foundation
The foundation inspires young people to pursue careers in STEM and to develop 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. It is a founding member of the National STEM Funders Network and plays a leadership role in the STEM Education Ecosystem Initiative in the US and Israel.
The foundation's signature programs, the Broadcom MASTERS® and the Broadcom MASTERS® International, are the premier science and engineering competitions for middle school students around the United States and the world.
About Society for Science
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