Check out the Broadcom MASTERS awards ceremony
WASHINGTON — Last night a group of 30 excited young teens and tweens received honors and a very fancy dinner at the Carnegie Institution for Science. During the previous few days, they bonded with each other, played a lot of games, taken on some science challenges and even met President Barack Obama. These were the finalists of the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. It’s a program of the Society for Science & the Public. It is sponsored by Broadcom, a company that makes devices for Internet connectivity that are found in many of the devices we use every day. (SSP also publishes Science News for Students and this blog).
Eureka! Lab was on the scene, live tweeting the event. We’ve now put together a Storify of the event below. Check out these amazing kids and their fantastic projects.
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The 2014 Broadcom MASTERS Awards Ceremony
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars) was created by the Society for Science & the Public, and lets middle school students from all over the country share their amazing work with each other and the public.
- For the Broadcom MASTERS, a week of team challenges, presentations, tours and fun culminates in the Awards Ceremony, where students are presented with prizes and honored for their achievements. Eureka! Lab was on the scene to
- The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Elliot Francis, an evening news anchor for WAMU 88.5 in Washington, D.C.
- For one of their challenges, the kids got to play with Raspberry Pis, small customizable computers that can be adapted for tons of different projects.
- Francis then introduced Maya Ajmera, the CEO of Society for Science & the Public.
- Ajmera actually went to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair when she was in school!
- McGregor then let the MASTERS know that he would be handing out wearable, and programmable, electronic devices to each and every one of them at the dance for them to make their own!
- Daniel headed up to the microphone to an enormous amount of applause. The MASTERS have really bonded over the last few days.
- Mafia is a strategy game where people are divided into members of the mafia, police or town. The goal is to take down the mafia before they "kill" everyone else! Every day during the Broadcom MASTERS the game room was alive with groups playing mafia.
- Next Paula Golden took the stage to introduce the keynote speaker.
- Upton then talked about his inspiration behind Raspberry Pi. He said he began to see enrollment in computer science classes drop. And he realized that it was because the fun immediately of programming that he experienced was going away.
- While this little computer was not particularly easy or fun for people who aren't already computer scientists, it was Upton's inspiration for what would eventually become Raspberry Pi.
- WIlliam Wallace is a teacher at Georgetown Day School and has been an enthusiastic supporter and judge at the Broadcom MASTERS for many years.
- 12 girls and 18 boys took the stage to receive their medals, and cheered enthusiastically for each other.
- But Brinker Evans wasn't just there for inspiration. As a representative of the Ceres Connection at the MIT Lincoln Library, she announced that every Broadcom MASTERS finalist will be getting their own main belt asteroid named after them! Their teachers and mentors will also receive their own asteroids.
- Next, the finalists got to see their highlight reel! It didn't feature Mafia, their favorite game, but it did feature all of the finalists and many of the challenges they took on.
- Then it was on to the awards!
- The White Team is Ben Chrepta, Caroline Edmonds, Floyd Greenwood, Chythanya Murali, Aditya Sivakumar https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2014-finalists … #brcmMASTERS
- Then the Rising Stars awards were given out to one boy and one girl from the finalists. They will be delegates to the 2015 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburg, PA.
- The next eight awards were given for experiments and inventions in science, technology, engineering and math.
- Jonathan attempted to demonstrate quantum entanglement...for less than $1,000. He almost made it!
- Rajiv looked at doses of flavanols found in normal grocery store foods and how they might help patients with diabetes.
- On to the main prizes! First, the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation. This $10,000 award is given to a student who demonstrates vision and promise as an innovator.
- Finally, the Samueli Foundation Prize, to a finalist who shows mastery in science, technology, engineering and math, and is an example of how research, innovation and teamwork come together.
- Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000- Holly Jackson, with the Science of the Strongest Stitch! https://student.societyforscience.org/blog/eureka-lab/science-strongest-stitch?mode=blog&context=80 … #brcmMASTERS
- A fantastic ceremony for fantastic kids!