About Dana Orsini

Dana Orsini is the author of Broadcom Foundation’s digital media properties including website, B-Inspired blog, YouTube, Medium and Twitter (@brcmMASTERS) while partnering with the Society for Science and the Public on further communications. Please reach her at dana@brcmfdn.orgfor further dialogue.

Backing Middle School Inventors: The Broadcom MASTERS National STEM Competition Now Features a $10,000 Lemelson Foundation Award for Invention

By | March 19th, 2019|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

The Lemelson Foundation has pledged a $10,000 award for the Broadcom MASTERS the finalist who creates promising solutions to real-world problems. The Lemelson Award for Invention will be one of the top prizes presented in Washington DC at the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s premier middle school STEM competition.

The Lemelson Foundation uses the power of invention to improve lives, by inspiring and enabling the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises to promote economic growth in the US and social and economic progress for the poor.

Helen Lyons won the 2017 Lemelson Award for Invention. Through her project, Helen investigated a renewable energy technology, specifically generating electricity using Faraday’s law of electromagnetic induction.

“The Lemelson Award for Invention will inspire young people everywhere to tackle the world’s greatest challenges, from climate change and safe water to smarter cities and space exploration,” said Paula Golden, president of Broadcom Foundation.  “We are pleased that the Lemelson Foundation, our partner in STEM education for many years, is offering this robust award in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Together we will empower young people […]

Happy 2019! What’s New in STEM Education? Read Paula Golden’s Byline in The Hill

By | January 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

We have reached a critical juncture for STEM education as set forth in the report by the National Science & Technology Council.  The report offers several interesting road maps, but without national funding to back them up, Paula Golden makes the case that we cannot turn the tide in educating a STEM-literate society.

The article focuses on the opportunity to change the course in STEM education as a result of the dramatic increase of scientists and women in the next Congress.  Please read and share far and wide as we think ahead to important STEM initiatives in the new year.



PC Magazine Article on STEM Education

By | January 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|

Please read a Q&A on PC Magazine with Paula Golden and Henry Samueli from the Broadcom Foundation.

Why This Broadband Pioneer Wants Engineers to Run the World

The Marconi Society: The Pink Wave in STEM – Starting in Middle School

By | November 12th, 2018|Uncategorized|

The Pink Wave in STEM – Starting in Middle School

Watch & Smile: The Washington Post Interviews Broadcom MASTERS Finalists 2018

By | November 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

We Salute — Girl Scouts of Orange County

By | September 22nd, 2018|Broadcom Foundation|

Opening the Door for Future Leaders in STEM!

From computer forensics labs and medical simulations to the great outdoors, Girl Scouts of Orange County is delivering mind-blowing STEM experiences to young women who may not have realized that science, technology, engineering and math impact almost everything they do in their daily lives. Through the My STEM Life Badge, one of the first STEM badges in the nation, Girl Scouts of Orange County is opening the door to a multitude of exciting careers.

Saachi, a 9th grader from Girl Scout Senior Troop 990 in Irvine, completed her My STEM Life badge in July, which included a visit to the Kaiser Simulation Lab where female doctors demonstrated emergency room scenarios.  She discovered how every element of STEM is involved in the daily activity of saving lives.

“Originally, I thought only science and technology were necessary for doctors to save a patient’s life, but now I realize that the engineering of equipment and the mathematics behind procedures are also integral in the ER,” said Saachi.

Asia Pacific Workshop Tackles How to Power a 21st Century Society

By | September 12th, 2018|Broadcom Foundation, Uncategorized|

International Graduate Students Collaborate on the Future of Smart Manufacturing

In the spring of 2018, Broadcom Foundation continued its renowned University Student Research Workshops to delve deep into smart manufacturing in the era of Industry 4.0 or the Fourth Industrial Revolution.  As machines become increasingly automated, energy use is on the rise, requiring critical thinking and collaboration about sustaining the global economy, the environment and quality of life.

The 2018 Asia Pacific Student University Workshop is an international, interdisciplinary convening of graduate students from the University of California, Irvine, CA, the National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan, and the University of Hong Kong, China. The Workshop included 22 student participants of diverse academic backgrounds and skills and guest speakers and judges from industry, including NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), Syntiant Corporation and OCTANE.

“Climate Change, Energy Scarcity, Cyber Security and Sustainability all require innovation in Smart Manufacturing through collaborative research and development between industry and academia to inspire the next generation to innovate in new ways in order […]

Seeing Red for Education – Investing in Education is a National Security Issue

By | June 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|

by: Paula Golden, President of Broadcom Foundation

Arriving in Tucson last month, my car passed a sea of red-shirted teachers protesting in solidarity with over 50,000 educators who marched out of their classrooms to the Phoenix statehouse to demand more funding for public schools. Teachers in Arizona and Colorado joined ranks with colleagues from states like West Virginia, Oklahoma and Kentucky – with more to come. 2018.5.Seeing Red Blog Photo

This phalanx is seeing “Red for Ed’ucation.”  Rightly so; and it is no small irony that the people’s rebellion over education has been erupting in so-called ‘Red States’ whose elected officials have rejected federal and state funding strategies that might have averted such devastating consequences.  According to the Washington Post, “(t)wenty-nine states now spend less per student on K-12 education than a decade ago… and a number of these states have also cut income taxes, including Oklahoma and Arizona.”

To our everlasting national shame, the United States is eating its own seed corn.

Because politicians have failed to fund comprehensive, […]

Creating International Collaboration for Tomorrow’s Discovery

By | March 23rd, 2018|Broadcom Foundation|

Breakthroughs in science and engineering don’t happen in a vacuum… but when multi-cultural and cross-disciplinary brainpower combines in one room to tackle big ideas, it moves mountains!

That is the vision behind the Broadcom Foundation University Student Workshops. The KKT Workshop – now in its 16th year – is proof of concept,  and the inaugural EMEA Workshop in 2017 and upcoming 2018 Asia Pacific Student Workshop reflect the foundation’s commitment to  innovation through international collaboration.

2017 EMEA Workshop

For the 2017 EMEA Student University Workshop, Vice President for Academic Programs & University Relations Nick Alexopoulos  partnered with professors from Tel Aviv University, Israel, Imperial College London, U.K., University College Dublin, Ireland, and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India to bring together some of the brightest students in engineering, computer science and neuroscience to collaborate on ‘Brain Emulation.’

The workshop’s topic was born from Nick’s drive to integrate more science and engineering into the health sector.  He explains, “the brain is the most efficient source conducting […]

Changing the Game by Middle School: Stopping Sexual Harassment Before It Starts

By | January 5th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Tackling sexual harassment in a blog that focuses on inspiring kids to become scientists and engineers might seem incongruous, but as I listen to salacious stories rolling out from the Nation’s Capital and the Big Apple to Hollywood and Silicon Valley, a song from Rogers and Hammerstein’s 1949 Broadway blockbuster South Pacific keeps repeating in my ear:

You’ve got to be taught

From year to year,

It’s got to be drummed

In your dear little ear

You’ve got to be carefully taught.

As a Boomer, I grew up believing that a level playing field was all we needed for women to succeed in their chosen fields. The #MeToo movement has radically changed my thinking, so I am adding my voice to the chorus of millennial women who say there needs to be a fundamental cultural shift in the American Workplace.

This cultural shift must begin before patterns of behavior are locked into the human psyche in the early stages of personal growth and development. In a New York Times Op-Ed just today, […]

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