Broadcom MASTERS

The Broadcom MASTERS™ (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a competition for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in the United States. The Society for Science & the Public (SSP), the publisher of Science News for Kids, and the Broadcom Foundation launched this program in the 2010–11 academic year to inspire and encourage the nation’s young scientists, engineers, and innovators.That first year and each year since, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) announce the Broadcom MASTERS winners in the summer and fall of the previous academic year. In the inagural 2010-2011 year, Daniel Feeny, 15, of Woodside, Calif. won the Top Education Award for study of wave force diversity in tidal pools.  Projects from each year can be found on the website linked above. Since that first year, the Broadcom Foundation and SSP select 300 Semi-finalists as well as 30 Finalists, The 30 middle school students selected as finalists are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among over 1,500 applicants from each state, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. Finalists receive an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in the fall to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.

For a chance to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students must first compete in their local or regional SSP-affiliated science fair, and then be nominated by the fair. For more information, review the FAQs. Courtesy of Science News for Kids.