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Broadcom MASTERS awards honor science, invention and teamwork

Middle school competition awards students for thinking creatively and using science smarts
Nov 3, 2016 — 7:00 am EST
Broadcom MASTERS 2016

Nobel Prize winner H. Robert Horvitz with the 30 finalists of the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Tuesday night, 30 excited teens and tweens cheered each other on at the Carnegie Institution for Science. Over the previous few days, they had competed in teams to solve scientific problems and showed off their winning science fair projects. Now, they were receiving honors and recognition, and $100,000 in prize money, at the Broadcom MASTERS competition.

The Broadcom MASTERS (which stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) was created by Society for Science & the Public. It’s sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation. Society for Science & the Public also published Science News for Students and this blog. Every year, this competition brings together middle-school science fair winners from around the country. These hardworking teens then get to celebrate their achievements at a gala dinner. Eureka! Lab was on hand to live-tweet the event on November 1.

We’ve put together a Storify of the night’s events below. Congratulations to all of the winners on their creativity, teamwork and effort!
 

 

Broadcom MASTERS 2016

The awards ceremony for the 30 finalists of the Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars competition

 
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    Getting excited for the Broadcom MASTERS awards ceremony! Follow along with us here! #brcmMASTERS https://t.co/MGyZ6Oa49B
    Getting excited for the Broadcom MASTERS awards ceremony! Follow along with us here! #brcmMASTERS pic.twitter.com/MGyZ6Oa49B
     
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    Our master of ceremonies tonight is Joe Palca @joesbigidea from NPR. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    But success doesn't come on its own. Remember to thank your parents, teachers, mentors and friends. - @MayaAjmera #brcmMASTERS
     
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    Now from Broadcom, Paula Golden, who is committed to expanding STEM knowledge #brcmMASTERS https://t.co/j3tKggyaac
    Now from Broadcom, Paula Golden, who is committed to expanding STEM knowledge #brcmMASTERS pic.twitter.com/j3tKggyaac
     
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    "You may end up somewhere you never dreamed, just because you followed your passion" @PaulaGolden48 encourages the 2016 #brcmMASTERS
     
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    Next up is the McGregor award, a #brcmMASTERS finalist picked by his peers for his leadership.
     
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    The McGregor award goes to Nickolai Ortiz! #brcmMASTERS our new class speaker! https://t.co/i5SL3E0jsq
    The McGregor award goes to Nickolai Ortiz! #brcmMASTERS our new class speaker! pic.twitter.com/i5SL3E0jsq
     
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    “As a #brcmMASTERS I feel like I’ve found my people.” Nickolai Ortiz.
     
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    Our keynote speaker tonight is Lindsay T. Aitchison, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. #brcmMASTERS https://t.co/Xg4TxrhdEG
    Our keynote speaker tonight is Lindsay T. Aitchison, from NASA’s Johnson Space Center. #brcmMASTERS pic.twitter.com/Xg4TxrhdEG
     
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    Aitchinson says her parents took her by NASA on the way to Disney. Doesn’t remember Disney but boy did she remember NASA. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    I never thought I'd be designing space suits, but you have to be open to changing your path. - Lindsay Aitchison #STEM #brcmMASTERS
     
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    Aitchison says don’t be afraid to fail, shared funny stories of spacesuit flubs, including ending up on your back “like a bug” #brcmMASTERS
     
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    "Don't be afraid to fail: you learn a lot from failing smart." - Lindsay Aitchison #STEM #STEMadvice #brcmMASTERS
     
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    These finalists are definitely not afraid to fail. Listen below to some of the times their science projects blew up in their faces, and what they learned from the fallout.
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    Guess what?? The names of the #brcmMASTERS have been submitted to get their names on an asteroid!!!
     
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    The finalists and their teachers got their names entered in a lottery at MIT Lincoln Lab's Ceres Connection. If they get chosen, their name will end up on a minor planet!
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    The team award goes to team purple! Nathan Deng, Aria Eppinger, Anushka Naiknaware, Rachel Pizzolato, Lucas Ritzdorf! #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The rising star award goes to the #brcmMASTERS who most serve others. This year, Ashini Modi and James Fagan!
     
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    James Fagan studied what would be required to fly on Mars. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    STEM award winners get scholarships to summer camp! #brcmMASTERS
     
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    2nd place in science: Cynthia Chen, who studied how to sprout seeds with less water, to help farmers in drought. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    1st place in science: Ananya Ganesh, who studied muscle signals to treat teeth grinding. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    2nd place in tech: Shreya Ramachandran, who studied the effects of soap nut grey water on the environment. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    1st place in tech: Adishree Ghatare, who made software for helping people learn new words. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    2nd place in engineering: Emhyr Subramanian. He studied super absorbent polymers to get rid of waste. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    1st place in engineering: Brendan Crotty, who studied the best way to insulate a gas forge. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    2nd place in math: Olivia Lazorik. Her project studied the effects of ocean acidification on shrimp. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    1st place in math: Anushka Naiknaware, who developed a sensor for when to change bandages on wounds. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The @LemelsonFdn Award for Invention is given to a young inventor creating promising solutions to real-world problems. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The Lemelson award goes to a #brcmMASTERS who embodies invention! Winner gets $7,500.
     
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    This year’s Lemelson award goes to Nathan Deng, who manipulated surface tensions of cleaning fluid. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation is awarded to a student that demonstrates prowess in electrical engineering. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The Marconi/Samueli award for innovation takes home $10k. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The Marconi/Samueli award goes to Kaien Yang, who designed a tool to detect depression early. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The @RWJF Award recognizes a student whose work shows the most promise in health-related fields. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    Another new award this year, from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for health advancement. #brcmMASTERS The winner gets $20k!
     
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    The Robert Wood Johnson award goes to Aria Eppinger, who studied the effect of a pesticide on gut bacteria. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The #SamueliFoundation Prize is awarded to a student who exemplifies how research, innovation, & teamwork come together to impact our lives
     
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    The teacher of the #SamueliFoundation Prize winner also receives $1000 for his or her classroom, courtesy of @Deloitte.
     
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    The Samueli foundation grand prize is our last prize, winner takes home $25k. For science, inspired thinking and leadership. #brcmMASTERS
     
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    The Samueli prize goes to Eleanor Sigrest, who studied rockets, nozzles and thrusts! #brcmMASTERS https://t.co/aNHfBlIXI3
    The Samueli prize goes to Eleanor Sigrest, who studied rockets, nozzles and thrusts! #brcmMASTERS pic.twitter.com/aNHfBlIXI3
     
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    Congratulations to all the finalists! You are all incredible and all winners! #brcmMASTERS https://t.co/ODG4ApoT4x
    Congratulations to all the finalists! You are all incredible and all winners! #brcmMASTERS pic.twitter.com/ODG4ApoT4x
     

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blog     Short for web log, these Internet posts can take the form of news reports, topical discussions, opinionated rants, diaries or photo galleries.

Broadcom MASTERS     Created and run by the Society for Science & the Public, Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition. Broadcom MASTERS International gives select middle school students from around the world a unique opportunity to attend the Intel International Science & Engineering Fair.

engineering     The field of research that uses math and science to solve practical problems.

society     An integrated group of people or animals that generally cooperate and support one another for the greater good of them all

Society for Science and the Public     (or SSP) A nonprofit organization created in 1921 and based in Washington, D.C. Since its founding, SSP has been not only promoting public engagement in scientific research but also the public understanding of science. It created and continues to run three renowned science competitions: The Regeneron Science Talent Search (begun in 1942), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (initially launched in 1950) and Broadcom MASTERS (created in 2010). SSP also publishes award-winning journalism: in Science News (launched in 1922) and Science News for Students (created in 2003). Those magazines also host a series of blogs (including Eureka! Lab).

technology     The application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry — or the devices, processes and systems that result from those efforts.

tweet     Message consisting of 140 or fewer characters that is available to people with an online Twitter account.