Once again, we’re astounded by the way today’s young people think about and use engineering and technology to tackle unique problems and challenges.
There was an incredible sampling of theories and ideas found in the nominations for middle school students participating in the third annual U.S. Broadcom MASTERS program, a premier science and engineering competition for middle school students. Their ideas ranged from a smartphone-based water safety system to an application that observes the indoor mobility of senior citizens over Wi-Fi.
The 300 semifinalists announced this week were nominated by their SSP-affiliated regional and state science fairs earlier this year to compete in MASTERS, or Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars. Each of them completed a rigorous online application that asked them to examine the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) elements in their projects, write about their mentors and consider STEM careers they might pursue based on their interests.
View the 2013 list of 300 semifinalists and the official state-by-state breakdown here.
Paula Golden, Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Community Affairs, applauded the students for their achievements, as well as their “passion for science, engineering and innovation that has brought them to this exciting stage of the competition.
“The future rests with how we educate and inspire our next generation of innovators, and these 300 students are a shining example of what can be accomplished at the middle school level,.” she said.
The pool of 300 students was narrowed from 1,695 nominations. Later this month, the field will be further narrowed to 30 finalists, each who will each receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in September to compete for the top award of $25,000 and other prizes.
The semifinalists hail from 253 middle schools in 43 states and represent 123 fairs across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. California has the largest representation with 56 semifinalists, followed by Texas with 33, Florida with 32, Oregon with 20 and Pennsylvania with 15.
Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP). SSP has been the leader in science fair competition for more than seven decades.