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By | November 3rd, 2016|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS, Uncategorized|

The American Dream needs a STEM Literacy Movement

“Just think, your grandchildren are going to grow up knowing a black man and a woman as their presidents,” mused my daughter as we celebrated my grandson’s fifth birthday in a public park on a beautiful fall day, anywhere in America.

Her words gave me pause as I prepare to make one last case for the importance of a STEM literacy movement in the United States during the 2016 election cycle. My image of President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on West Front of the Capitol next January stands in sharp relief to the yawning chasm of STEM literacy and workforce preparedness between children of privilege and underserved youth, young men and women, and children whose parents have deep roots in this country and those who perilously crossed oceans and borders to realize the American Dream.

There is a dark undercurrent beneath partisan howls of ‘Make America Great Again’ and ‘Stronger Together.’ The American Dream is eluding many in this country. People feel under siege due in large measure […]

Tapping the Force: The Art of Making Star Wars Illuminates STEAM Careers

By | November 3rd, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS|

Paula Golden in red T-shirt“May the force be with you” is the renowned salute intoned in the 20th century by a Jedi Master on May 25, 1977, when George Lucas first gathered us into his mythological realm in the Galaxy Far-Far-Away. For Star Wars fans all over the world, the phrase has special meanings – and it has personal significance for me as I push “send” to buy advanced tickets to take my grandson to see Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, which debuts in the 21st century this winter.

As a former educator-turned-STEM philanthropist for the Broadcom Foundation, I have long wished to join the conversation about supporting art alongside science, technology, engineering, and math education. In my mind, Star Wars Episode VII provides the perfect catalyst for math, science and art teachers to pull out a copy of The Jedi Path and use Lucas’ iconic space opera to inspire younglings everywhere to perfect their science, technology, engineering, math and art (STEAM) skills […]

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Broadcom MASTERS® – Five Years of Mastering Science and Engineering in Middle School

By | September 29th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

October 1st marks the fifth year of our sponsorship of the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students.

As Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science and the Public prepare for the 30 national finalists to congregate in Silicon Valley for the competition, it is a great time to reflect on how 120 Broadcom MASTERS alumni and over 50 Broadcom MASTERS International delegates are continuing to enhance their mastery of STEM.

The Broadcom MASTERS, an elite corps of winners among 75,000 nominees and 10,000 applicants in the U.S. and 13 international competitions in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, South America, South Africa and Australia, have gone on to do incredible things in science and engineering, in high school, university, unique internships, STEM camps and world-renowned competitions.

In 2014 alone, Broadcom MASTERS alumni have risen as champions of the ISEF (International Science and Engineering Fair), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Beating out 1,600 international competitors, Broadcom MASTERS took […]

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Math for Everybody: Celebrating Pi Day

By | March 12th, 2015|Raspberry Pi|

It’s a holiday that’s set to unite “mathletes” all over the world — at least for a few fractions of a second.

This week marks a very special “Pi Day” — no, we’re not talking about the Raspberry Pi microcomputer that’s been much covered on this blog — but a day dedicated to the celebration of one of mathematics’ most beloved numbers.

March 14, of course, is the calendar equivalent of Pi’s rounded value of 3.14. But this year, there’s something extra special about it that only comes around every century or so.

For the first time since 1915, Pi Day will include all of the first five digits of Pi: 3/14/15. And twice on that day, there will be blips of time in the morning and in the evening that will exactly match the value of Pi.

Pi Day 2015That time will come sometime between March 14, 2015, […]

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A Three-Time MASTERS® Alum Shares Her Continuing Love of STEM

By | July 31st, 2014|Broadcom MASTERS|

Carolyn Jons MASTERS Carolyn Jons

Inspiring students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education that will lead to exciting careers is one of Broadcom Foundation’s most important goals. To foster life-long interest in science, math and engineering, today’s educators know that capturing a student’s imagination by middle school is critical to solidifying their commitment to essential STEM courses in high school.

Take Carolyn Jons, 16, who penned the letter below to the Broadcom Foundation. A Minnesota native, Carolyn was a two-time Broadcom MASTERS finalist, a Broadcom MASTERS International delegate and most recently, an ISEF award winner.

Here’s her story:  At the age of twelve, at a time when statistics show that social pressures and lack of encouragement cause many girls to disconnect from their budding interests in math, science or engineering, Carolyn was inspired by the Broadcom MASTERS. She pursued STEM through high school and is on track to for […]

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Broadcom MASTERS’ Stellar Week: International Delegates Celebrate and Alums See a Big Win

By | May 27th, 2014|Broadcom MASTERS|

This was just going to be a personal shout out to the many people who made last month’s Broadcom MASTERS International an event to remember. But then we got some incredible news about a Broadcom MASTERS alum that capped off an already landmark week.Broadcom MASTERS International 2014

The 2014 Broadcom MASTERS International delegates, an extraordinary class of 23 young scientists and engineers representing 13 nations, were hosted by Broadcom volunteers for a  jam-packed week in Los Angeles and Orange County last month.

While the International program for middle schoolers kicked off at a whirlwind pace, a cohort of Broadcom MASTERS alumni were readying to compete in the high school competition. The 14 finalists, 63 semi-finalists and more than one hundred MASTERS nominees were among the 1,787 high school competitors at the 2014 Intel ISEF — the largest science and engineering fair in the […]

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Girls in STEM: Great Strides But Still a Ways to Go

By | April 24th, 2014|Broadcom MASTERS|

Broadcom MASTERS® alumnae amaze and inspire us, long after they leave the engineering and science-fair competition sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation.

As the Broadcom Foundation recognizes Girls in ICT (Information and Computer Technology) Week, we want to give these young students extra kudos for their talent and tenacity in an industry that needs to work harder at attracting and retaining female voices.

Take, for example, Julienne Sauer of San Ramon, Calif., who was inspired by the prospect of a levitating superconductor. Julienne began experimenting with two cooling techniques, the Meissner effect and quantum locking. Her quest was to discover which disc would hold the most weight under which cooling technique. She sought advice from professional scientists and gathered superconducting discs of differing materials from local companies that provided her with insight and encouragement to complete her winning project.

And then there’s Emma Ashley Burnett of Pittsburgh, Penn., whose curiosity was piqued by the brilliant glow of feldspar under UV light. The 12-year-old began her own research into fluorescence by studying the […]

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Welcome to the New Broadcom Foundation Website, We Hope You’ll B-Inspired

By | August 8th, 2013|Broadcom Foundation|


Since the 2009 launch of the Broadcom Foundation, we’ve been inspired by an all-important mission:  To advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and close the skills gap for young men women throughout the United States and the world.


We’ve been honored to sponsor leading STEM competitions in the U.S. and abroad and are gratified by the commitment we’ve witnessed in young scholars and their families. We are enormously proud of Broadcom employees — as well as our Foundation and corporate partners — who share our commitment toward improving STEM education.and women throughout the United States and the world.

As we enter a new school year and a fresh season of innovative STEM competition, we’re thrilled to introduce an important innovation of our own:  our new digital home!

We’ve revamped BroadcomFoundation.org with three major goals in mind:

  • To keep you apprised of all news related to our Foundation’s mission and goals and of the programs that drive our success.
  • To more creatively share stories about what we […]
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Science Fairs and the “A-Ha” Moment

By | September 25th, 2012|Broadcom Foundation|

MASTERS finalists puzzling through a STEM challenge.

Watching kids discover the fun side of science and engineering can be a fascinating experience, even if they’re just tinkering with soap bubbles, stain removers, bottle rockets or even a bag of Skittles. Through my work with Broadcom Foundation, I have witnessed a transformation in young people when they experience a science fair, a spark that highlights their gained confidence and aptitude in STEM subjects – science, technology, engineering and math.

Through hands-on STEM learning, millions of kids  have the ability to change the world by understanding how to turn the ideas in their imaginations into something real. And yet, more than 60 percent of middle-school students in the U.S. today say they would rather take out the trash than do math homework, according to Raytheon’s Middle School Students Math Habits Study.

Broadcom Foundation is trying to show kids the fun and exciting side of STEM education. Along with the Society of […]

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