To advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.
Increase the number of engineers who enter the workforce by sponsoring academic research and programs that inspire youth to pursue careers in engineering;
Close the STEM education gap for women and the underserved by creating equitable access to STEM education;
Ensure that young people are STEM literate by advocating problem-based learning and 21st century skills necessary for success in STEM careers;
Improve community awareness about STEM where Broadcom employees live and work;
Strengthen social responsibility and global citizenship through strategic collaborations with STEM stakeholders, educators and volunteers.
The Foundation does not accept requests for funding. It solely funds signature programs including the Broadcom MASTERS and Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build.
The Power of STEM
The fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are collectively considered the core foundation of an advanced society and an indicator of a society’s ability to sustain itself and prosper.
Broadcom Foundation supports project-based STEM initiatives that enable students and teachers to acquire 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity that result in confident problem solving, independent thinking, leadership and innovation. Project-based learning is a critical component of the Next Generation Science Standards that incorporate engineering, science and mathematics throughout the curriculum.
The Making of an Innovator: The Henry Samueli Story
Broadcom Co-Founder, Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Limited and Chairman of the Broadcom Foundation, Dr. Henry Samueli takes Broadcom’s commitment to inspiring middle-schoolers to pursue their passions for science and engineering very personally. His own inspiration to become an electrical engineer came from his seventh-grade teacher giving him the green light to tackle an ambitious project of building a vacuum-tube short-wave radio that he spotted in a Heathkit catalog.
The son of immigrants, Samueli attended public school in Los Angeles, where he first encountered electrical engineering in his school’s shop class. Tackling the engineering of a short-wave radio, he went beyond his grade level to garner information and skills that allowed him to meet an exciting challenge on a project he was passionate about, as he assembled and soldered the radio in his living room. Samueli has said one of his most powerful memories is expression on his teacher’s face when he brought the radio to class and turned it on. “Nobody ever gets it to work the first time!” the teacher exclaimed.
From that moment on, Samueli was hooked. “That became my mission in life — to find out how radios work,” he said. Samueli has gone on to become a preeminent electrical engineer, academic, inventor and widely acclaimed innovator. Broadcom, which he co-founded, is a Fortune 500® company that transforms how the world connects and communicates. A global innovation leader, Broadcom is changing the world by connecting everything®. Consumers might never see Broadcom’s products, but they rely on its technology every day when using a smartphone, a wireless network at home or at work, streaming music or movies, or connecting to content that has passed through a data center in the cloud.
As part of his commitment to inspiring young scientists and engineers, Samueli and his wife Susan fund the Samueli Foundation Prize and the Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the top awards for the Broadcom MASTERS®.
Rising Star Innovator: Chairman, Broadcom Foundation, Co-Founder, Broadcom Corporation and Chief Technical Officer, Broadcom Limited, Dr. Henry Samueli spends time with participants of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS competition.
Samueli’s youthful inspiration is one of the cornerstones of the Broadcom MASTERS programs, which give middle-school students an international platform to pursue their interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics through project-based learning in science fair competitions. Students at this age are open to new ideas and experiences that will help shape their high school, college and career aspirations. The Broadcom MASTERS provides a young person with an opportunity to explore a passion like Samueli did and set a course for a lifetime of achievement.
The need to inspire students at this age is critical: The dropoff for interest in STEM courses during freshman year of high school is significant, especially among young women and students without family support for STEM learning. A primary goal of the Broadcom MASTERS and other STEM programs supported by the Broadcom Foundation is to enable young people to stay with the requisite algebra and higher mathematics courses that they need to continue on a trajectory like that of Samueli’s, whose discipline drawn from his early passion earned him academic scholarships from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Broadcom Foundation files an annual Form 990-PF with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to provide financial information and lists funds awarded during the fiscal year. These forms, as well as other public documents, are accessible through the links below.
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