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2015 Broadcom MASTERS® Grand Prize Winner Annie Ostojic Engineers Microwave Efficiency

Annie OstojicIMG_8034 2015 MASTERS Grand Prize Winner Annie Ostojic.

Some science experiments don’t require a big lab, expensive equipment or complex research methodologies to yield high-impact data.

That’s one of the lessons learned by this year’s Broadcom MASTERS® Grand Prize winner: Annie Ostojic, 13, of Munster, Ind., among other important discoveries she’s acquired through an exploration of physics, food science and materials engineering.

MASTERS 2015 group shot Photo Credit: The Society for Science and the Public

View all of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS winners here.

Ostojic said that as a child, her natural curiosity grew while doing what she described as “kitchen science” with her family.

Inspired by the less-than-appetizing results of an unevenly heated frozen dinner, Ostojic set out to experiment with various types of food, reflective materials and packaging design to see if she could improve the outcomes of microwave cooking. Her findings guided her to design a more […]

By | October 7th, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on 2015 Broadcom MASTERS® Grand Prize Winner Annie Ostojic Engineers Microwave Efficiency

“Connecting the Dots” for STEM Students in Orange County

When educators come together, they “connect the dots” for students.

It’s a phrase that’s key to helping retain students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), subjects, areas where the U.S. has been seen as lagging.OCSTEM Ecosystem July 2015 Crowd Paula resized

Community influencers in the public and private sectors —  including Broadcom Foundation — have taken up the challenge of providing educators with tools that will help students maintain interest in STEM from grade school through high school.

As part of a year-long program to build a STEM tool kit that includes integration of after-school learning, more than 100 teachers and administrators from nine Orange County school districts gathered together for a day-long workshop last week.  They experienced hands-on coding with the iconic Raspberry Pi credit card-sized computer, and got a sneak-peek at how engineering careers at the University of California, Irvine, and Broadcom are within reach if their students are motivated to stay with STEM courses throughout high […]

By | July 13th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Raspberry Pi|Comments Off on “Connecting the Dots” for STEM Students in Orange County

Raspberry Pi’s “Picademy” Comes to the U.S., Brings Coding Confidence to Teachers

Although the Independence Day holiday has just ended in the U.S., teachers and students are already looking ahead to “back to school” season.Picademy Logo Raspberry Pi Foundation

For students, that means buckling down on their summer reading lists and gathering a locker-full of new school supplies. For teachers, that means embarking on the intensive work of preparing their classrooms — and their curricula — for the academic year ahead.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation’s “Picademy,” a series of workshops for teachers who want to learn to use the Raspberry Pi computer in their classrooms, is coming stateside to help them do just that.

The Picademy program dovetails with the mission of the Raspberry Pi Foundation – boosting STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) acumen and skills among students in the U.K. – and beyond.

The effort starts with helping teachers get comfortable with code.

The goal is to empower them to use the Raspberry Pi computer – a $25, […]

By | July 7th, 2015|Raspberry Pi|Comments Off on Raspberry Pi’s “Picademy” Comes to the U.S., Brings Coding Confidence to Teachers

Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: Online Avatars May Be Part of Our Developmental DNA

Paula Golden in red T-shirtEditor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in The Huffington Post, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how online avatars can enhance students’ curiosity and sense of discovery. 

From The Huffington Post:

Joseph Campbell, the American scholar best known for his work in comparative mythology, The Hero With a Thousand Faces wrote, “A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”

Mythology has been the expressive medium for human rites of passage since time immemorial, and archetypal journeys set forth in mythology continue to perform a vital function in modern society as they […]

By | April 24th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation|Comments Off on Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: Online Avatars May Be Part of Our Developmental DNA

MASTERS Alumni Showcase STEM Talent at White House Science Fair

It’s no secret that improving the nation’s rankings in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects has been at the forefront of education reform over the past few years.

President Obama has shown his support for the innovative projects, designs and experiments from students all across the country by inviting them to showcase their work at the White House Science Fair.

Nathan Han at the White House Science Fair. Nathan Han at the White House Science Fair.

Today, the Fair marks its fifth year running and offered up an inspiring focus on girls and women who are excelling in STEM and inspiring the next generation with their work.

Hosted by President Obama, the event featured the science fair entries students from a broad range of STEM competitions, including cameos from three past participants in the Broadcom MASTERS competition.

“As a society, we have to celebrate outstanding work by young people in science at least as much as we do Super Bowl winners,” Obama told […]

By | March 23rd, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on MASTERS Alumni Showcase STEM Talent at White House Science Fair

Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS Delivers Meals to Schools

With some 66 million primary school-age children around the world who regularly attend classes hungry, every meal counts.

That statistic — as staggering as it looks on paper– is just one of the reasons why volunteers from Broadcom’s Project LOTUS community group recently joined efforts with Stop Hunger Now in India.

Project Lotus, Stop Hunger Now Broadcom’s Project LOTUS volunteers package meals for schoolchildren in India.

Broadcom employees packed more than 45,000 meals at the formal launch of Stop Hunger Now in India last week and Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS team personally distributed more than 2,000 meals at four LOTUS-sponsored schools.

“Project LOTUS began as a grassroots initiative by Broadcom employees because we wanted to improve education for underprivileged children studying in Bangalore’s public schools,” said Rajiv Kapur, senior director of business development, sales, at Broadcom. “Nothing is more rewarding than now going into these schools knowing that a healthy meal will increase their chances of succeeding.”

Project LOTUS, which stands for Linking […]

By | March 11th, 2015|Corporate Social Responsibility|Comments Off on Broadcom Bangalore’s Project LOTUS Delivers Meals to Schools

One Million Meals: Foundation Sponsors Stop Hunger Now Facility in Bangalore

For the past three years, Broadcom Foundation has teamed with Stop Hunger Now to host meal-packaging events where Broadcom employees live and work.

Now, Broadcom is sponsoring a new permanent home for the nonprofit in Bangalore, India, a strategic location for ending malnutrition on a global basis.  The Bangalore facility will be the first center in India and will work closely with schools to provide the nutrition that children need to learn.

SHT, Paula Golden, Bangalore, India Photo credit: Stop Hunger Now

To celebrate the opening of the new facility, Broadcom and SanDisk have partnered to host the first meal packaging event at the Broadcom Bangalore office. This week, more than 150 employee volunteers packaged more than 45,000 meals that will be distributed throughout India in schools, medical clinics and orphanages.

“Because our employees volunteer at local Bangalore schools including Project LOTUS, we are gratified that Stop Hunger Now works closely with schools as a point of food distribution to young […]

By | March 4th, 2015|Corporate Social Responsibility|Comments Off on One Million Meals: Foundation Sponsors Stop Hunger Now Facility in Bangalore

Paula Golden in Smart Business: “Direct Corporate Philanthropy to What Your Company Knows Best — Your Product.”

Editor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in Smart Business, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how corporations can use their strengths for targeted giving in their communities and beyond. 

From Smart Business:

Corporate social responsibility is a buzzword we hear a lot about these days.Many executives in the C-suite are aware that stakeholders on Main Street and Wall Street are scrutinizing what they do for the local or global community more closely.The challenge for corporate executives is not if they must spend both financial and human capital in philanthropy, but how. Giving away money is easy — giving away money smart is more difficult.

In the best of all worlds, a smart businessperson views philanthropic opportunities as one to build his or her brand as a business thought leader rather than simply garnering local goodwill that may be short lived. Let’s […]

By | February 19th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Corporate Social Responsibility|Comments Off on Paula Golden in Smart Business: “Direct Corporate Philanthropy to What Your Company Knows Best — Your Product.”

Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: You Don’t Need to be a Rocket Scientist to Teach the “E” in STEM

Paula Golden in red T-shirt President and Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation, Paula Golden

Editor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in The Huffington Post, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how educators can embrace teaching Engineering. 

From The Huffington Post:

I received an S.O.S. from a courageous friend who teaches second grade in South Central Los Angeles where people tend to write off her students as having no future, including these young souls themselves. Her school has been targeted as a “STEM” elementary where she is suddenly required to teach the “E” of Engineering in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum.

There are no books or collateral materials to augment the bare-bones curriculum at my friend’s school. There are no tablets, high-tech toys or Wi-Fi. She already buys basic […]

By | January 30th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation|Comments Off on Paula Golden in The Huffington Post: You Don’t Need to be a Rocket Scientist to Teach the “E” in STEM

Paula Golden in EdTech Digest: “Preparing Young People for 21st Century Careers May Be the Greatest Challenge Facing Communities”

Paula Golden in red T-shirtEditor’s NoteBroadcom leaders often weigh in on popular topics on industry sites around the Web. Below is a reprint of a story that appeared in EdTech Digest, in which Paula Golden, President and Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director of Broadcom Corporation Community Affairs, talks about how to create classroom experiences that use technology to engage students. 

From EdTech Digest:

Preparing young people for the 21st century workplace may be the greatest challenge facing communities throughout the United States. Whether students aim for college or the trades, whether they aspire to be engineers, educators, medical technicians or journeymen service providers, technological literacy will be at the heart of their success in life.

Studies confirm that students are more motivated, sustain focus longer and engage deeply when they have access to computers, the Internet, and other technological resources. In addition to bringing Wi-Fi, tablets and learning apps into the classroom, students need user-friendly, hands-on […]

By | December 16th, 2014|Broadcom Presents Design_Build_Code|Comments Off on Paula Golden in EdTech Digest: “Preparing Young People for 21st Century Careers May Be the Greatest Challenge Facing Communities”
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