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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!


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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.

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