Broadcom MASTERS 2015: Opening Competition Events Make for a Weekend Whirlwind

Upon arriving in San Jose, Calif., the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists (all middle school aged aspiring scientists and engineers) had little time to be think as they met their new team members and competed in ice breaker challenges such as Lego building, a giant Jenga game and a brainteaser about tying a rope together, all of which forced them to communicate and problem solve.

Collaboration, communication and teamwork will be stressed throughout the competition. “In the Broadcom MASTERS, it is important that members of a team quickly learn the strengths of each individual member and how they can efficiently and creatively tap into their collective talents to solve problems,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom. “Collaborating together to engage in critical thinking, communication and creativity are the 21st century skills young people need to succeed as scientists and engineers – and in life.”

By | October 5th, 2015|

2015 Broadcom MASTERS® Finalists Set to Impact the Engineering Grand Challenges of Our Time

As we look back on five years of the Broadcom MASTERS, we can’t help but be awestruck by the talent, passion and ambition thousands of MASTERS competitors have to face big issues impacting the world today.

The National Academy of Engineering has defined 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century in categories such as health, joy of living, sustainability and security.  As innovative technologies opened access to information and design tools, there are endless ways to innovate and engineer solutions to modern problems.  That’s what our 2015 finalists are doing at the Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s leading science and engineering fair at the middle school level.

Meet the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalists Meet the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS finalists

Representing the best of the best among tens of thousands of competitors at from regional and state […]

By | October 2nd, 2015|

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

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 […]

By | September 29th, 2015|

Broadcom Israel Inspires Young Women to Stick with STEM

Girls Israel 2015 2 Resize At MadaTech, participants build a feeding device for a dog

More than 50 Broadcom volunteers in Israel are taking their successful STEM volunteering program one step further by focusing on an at-risk demographic – young women.

It’s no secret that women in engineering are poorly represented. In the U.S., women make up only 12 percent of working engineers, based on statistics from the AAUW in 2013. The numbers are higher in Israel, at about 35 percent, according to 2013 data from the Central Bureau of Statistics, but that’s still far from ideal.

Broadcom volunteers in Israel are seeking to change this by focusing on young women in middle school. It’s a particularly critical age where many female students who are at the critical stage where they will decide to continue down a science and technology […]

By | September 16th, 2015|

Community Hero: Amrutha Sreekantapuram Connects with Students in Bangalore

Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

For Amrutha Sreekantapuram, a Senior Engineer in IC Design in Bangalore, India, volunteerism has always been a natural gateway to remain engaged within the community. Sreekantapuram is a firm believer in working for a grass roots cause, which is why she invests her free time to the Project LOTUS initiative. Project LOTUS (Linking Organization To Underprivileged Schools) is a  program that focuses on providing quality education for students living in […]

By | September 9th, 2015|

Meet the Broadcom MASTERS® — 30 Finalists Take on Silicon Valley for the First Time

This year’s cohort of Broadcom MASTERS finalists are already proving that they are unafraid to march into their future as STEM leaders.

From designing hydraulic solar panels and safer headgear for soccer to engineering water conservation devices, these middle school MASTERS are already working on important societal challenges.

Selected from a national pool of 300 semifinalists, this elite group of thirty finalists are ready to compete in Silicon Valley next month where they will vie for cash and other awards.

Finalists from the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS work on a team competition Finalists from the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS work on a team competition

The 2015 Broadcom MASTERS will face off in a series of team challenges that test their acumen in STEM skills as well as their 21st century skills: How well do they demonstrate critical thinking, foster collaboration and communicate their goals? How do […]

By | September 2nd, 2015|

300 of the Best and Brightest: Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists Unveiled

App MASTERS Resized Finalists from Broadcom MASTERS 2014 work on a team competition.

What sparks a student to stay with STEM?

Perhaps it’s the urge to explore, the quest to discover something new or to find an answer to an entirely novel question. For others, maybe it’s pursuing enthusiasm for a hobby or activity that deepens when tested with the scientific method. For others, it’s the chance to prove that he or she can figure out a solution to an important social or environmental challenge.

Take, for example, this year’s crop of semifinalists’ projects for the 5th annual Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s most prestigious STEM competition for middle school students. Topics ranged from computer science and engineering to health and behavioral sciences. Students submitted projects that entitled: “Honey, I Found A Cure! Nature’s Healing Agent/Anti-Inflammatory,” “Communication Protocol: Self-driving Vehicles at Intersections,” and […]

By | August 19th, 2015|

Community Hero: Manan Patel Pays it Forward to Students

Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Actively serving BAPS charities for seven years and counting, Manan Patel, a software development engineer in San Diego, remembers last year’s acts of volunteerism at BAPS first annual Walkathon. The proceeds from that event supported several initiatives including MAP Foundation for Academic Success, which is an organization that funds college scholarships for Escondido Union High School. Beyond Manan’s dedication to BAPS, he is a pioneer for […]

By | August 10th, 2015|

Raspberry Pi Workshops Go Global with Broadcom Foundation

Gordon Lindsay, Broadcom's Director of Field Apps Engineering, Gordon Lindsay, Broadcom’s Director of Field Apps Engineering, introduces the Raspberry Pi and coding to 35 students near Cape Town.

“Fruit” names tend to signify a fresh concept in computing. In fact, fruit-based names seem to leave a legacy in the history of computing. From Apple to Blackberry and now to Raspberry Pi — a low cost, credit-card sized computer that opens the door for kids around the world to explore computing.

Created by Broadcom Technical Director Eben Upton, who was concerned that his students at Cambridge University did not have basic coding skills that he developed by “hacking around” on computers as a youth, the Rapsberry Pi computer is designed to be cheap (for every wallet from Louisana to Mozambique), cute (in a geeky sort of way) and […]

By | August 5th, 2015|

Broadcom MASTERS® Alumni Experience a New Twist on MacGyver: A Female Engineer

The original “MacGyver” television show has launched many engineering careers including that of Broadcom Associate Technical Director, David Garrett, who was 15 years old when he first started watching the series.

Like protagonist Angus MacGyver, a spy who used his smarts to problem solve, Garrett said he “loved the fact that MacGyver was ‘engineering’ his way out of trouble.

“I have solved many problems with duct tape and a Swiss Army knife since then,” he said.

Now the producer of “MacGyver,” Lee Zlotoff, together with the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California and the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) are looking for a modern-day female MacGyver to inspire the next generation of engineers.

"The Next MacGyver" competition finalists “The Next MacGyver” competition finalists

“It is thrilling to see an iconic show like ‘MacGyver’ be remastered […]

By | July 31st, 2015|

KKT Workshop Connects University Students from Top Engineering Schools in Asia

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Now in its 11th year, a unique, student organized academic consortium takes place this week in Daejeon, Korea. The KKT Workshop, sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation brings together the brightest students from Korea’s Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Japan’s Keio University and China’s Tsinghua University, all of which boost the most prominent microelectronics engineering programs in Asia. A three-day forum with more than 50 participants, KKT Workshop includes poster sessions, lectures, panel discussions and exhibitions. Students will tour historical landmarks and visit local semiconductor companies including Samsung.

Originating in 2004, KKT Workshop is the brainchild of three world renowned academicians in the field of networking and mixed signal technology – Professor Hoi-Jun Yoo of KAIST, Professor Tadahiro Kuroda of Keio and Professor Zhihua Wang of Tsinghua University. With the goal to create true collaborative synergies […]

By | July 29th, 2015|

Broadcom Volunteers Unite to Tackle World Hunger

One in three people in developing countries suffer from malnutrition including vitamin and mineral deficiencies – a staggering statistic that underscores the enormity of world hunger problem throughout the globe. The problem worsens when natural disasters like the Nepal Earthquakes strike, which result in lack of food and water.

The Broadcom Foundation is helping fight global hunger through a partnership with an international nonprofit Stop Hunger Now, that gives Broadcom employees a way to take action. Since 2012, employees have been teaming up at Broadcom offices to pack highly nutritious meals that include locally grown rice and spices, protein such as soy or dal and a packet of 23 essential vitamins and minerals for distribution to a family of four through local schools and community programs in a region of need.

Broadcom employees in Irvine, California package meals with Stop Hunger Now.

By | July 27th, 2015|

After School Programs Give Kids Success for Tools

Broadcom employees in Israel help students with a science project after school Broadcom employees in Israel help students with a science project after school

I believe that after school programs create a critical safety net for kids that don’t have one and help them acquire success skills that are more readily attainable by other children. Thus it has been especially heartwarming that the Broadcom Foundation has sought out after school programs as important partners to fulfill its stated goal of closing the STEM education gap for women and minorities and inspiring volunteerism by Broadcom employees where they live and work.

We know many kids love to compete; so the Broadcom Foundation set out to help after school kids learn the skills they will need to compete for STEM jobs in the communities where they live near Broadcom offices. In addition to […]

By | July 17th, 2015|

Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build Finds STEM in Every Career

Engineer, astronaut, athlete, politician or fashion designer. While these may seem like unrelated career paths, young people may be surprised to know that the fundamental skills needed to design their own fashion line are more similar than they might think to those needed to traverse the outer regions of the solar system.

Whether it’s running for political office or pitching the perfect game, a program called Broadcom Presents: Design_CODE_Build encourages middle school students to explore their own passions through the lens of science technology, engineering, math (STEM).  Students engage in hands-on activities that require collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication—skills that are crucial in academic study, the workplace and all aspects of life. Design_Build_Code Logo

To develop these skills, Kate McGregor, education programs consultant, community programs, at the Computer History Museum, developed a day-long curriculum designed to help students […]

By | July 15th, 2015|

“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 […]

By | July 13th, 2015|

Community Hero: Craig Robinson Jams for a Cause

Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Craig Robinson, Senior Training and Development Partner at Broadcom, plays guitar in his band “Hunting Waldo,” which entertains crowds of thousands at charity events each year in Orange County, Calif. His music keeps runners and bicyclists moving each year at the American Cancer Society Relay for Life events in Mission Viejo, San Clemente, and Dana Point; the Tin Man Biathlon Bike/Run for Susan B. Komen, and the 50-Mile […]

By | July 13th, 2015|

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 […]

By | July 7th, 2015|

Community Hero: Randy Silva Offers HOPE to Homeless in Colorado

Randy Silva Community Hero 2015Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around the world.

Randy Silva, a broadband and connectivity software engineer in GPS, works with HOPE worldwide each year to address local community needs in his home state. Randy serves meals to the homeless several times a year, but this is only part of a large outreach program he participates in called “Hope Service in […]

By | June 23rd, 2015|

Newsweek: Broadcom Ranks Among Greenest Companies in the U.S. and the World

Broadcom has come a long way in its commitment to reduce climate change and that change is now being recognized on the global stage. This week, Broadcom was included in Newsweek’s Top Ten rankings of the world’s most sustainable companies. For 2015, Broadcom is ranked as the No. 4 greenest company in the U.S. and No. 8 globally on the prestigious 2015 Newsweek Green Rankings.Newsweek Green Rankings 2015

It’s an impressive rise for Broadcom, which first landed on the list in 2009 and broke the Top 100 among U.S companies in 2014 with the No. 80 spot, up from No. 376 in 2012. (Newsweek did not publish a list in 2013).

Over the years, Broadcom has improved its performance across green sustainability indicators, such as reductions in site-level energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions. The company has […]

By | June 5th, 2015|

Great Minds Gather at Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition

Broadcom engineers aren’t the only ones who are laser-focused on “connecting everything.” This week’s fourth annual Broadcom Foundation University Research Competition demonstrated that graduate students around the world are busy innovating connectivity technology breakthroughs of their own. BFURC Sea of People 1

The competition brings together 12 finalists from internationally renowned universities to share research that will dramatically impact 21st century engineering and communications. From Big Data to the Internet of Things, smart cities to nanotechnology, wireless video to driver-less cars, these brilliant graduate students are on the leading edge of semiconductor technology.

Their research is paving the way for devices that can transmit more data at lower power and for integrating silicon into gadgets that weren’t even dreamed of just a decade ago.

“This competition gives us a unique opportunity to bring forward great young innovators from world-class universities and showcase […]

By | June 4th, 2015|
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