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 […]

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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

Broadcom MASTERS “Took Me to the Next Level,” Say Alumni

By | December 23rd, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

Reunion group Just what does it mean to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS?

Paula Golden, President and Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation, asked six Broadcom MASTERS alumni from 2011-2014 to reflect on their experiences with the 2015 class. Each of the six had remarkably gone on to distinguish themselves as competitors and winners in other STEM competitions, internships at Stanford and the NASA Ames Research Center and share their STEM passions with elected officials at all levels, including President Barack Obama.

Overwhelmingly, they agreed that Broadcom MASTERS changed their lives.

“Broadcom MASTERS cemented my love of science. Everyone there encouraged me to stay in the field,” said Holly Jackson, 2014 Samueli Foundation prize winner. “When I came back to school, I got to share my experience with teachers and students, which was very touching for me and inspiring to younger students.”

Jackson interned at NASA Ames for six weeks this past summer where she created 3-D models of various truss […]

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Broadcom MASTERS Alumna Wins $100,000 Grand Prize in Siemens Competition

By | December 16th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

At only 12 years old, middle schooler Maria Elena Grimmett from Jupiter, Fla., became a 2011 Broadcom MASTERS finalist, later winning the Mathematics Prize at the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS.

Fast-forward to today: Grimmett continued to research her passion for curbing water pollution (mostly from her family’s dining room table) to identify a new water purification method. Her efforts culminated in a $100,000 scholarship prize from the Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology, the nation’s premier research competition for high school students. Read more about Grimmett’s award here.Maria Grimmett Siemens Competition Siemens

“I was shaking on the stage,” Grimmett, now 17, said of her win. “It’s the most amazing feeling in the world, especially when I was put up against the other finalists. It is such an honor and has been an amazing journey.”

Collaboration is Key

Grimmett was 10 when she noticed that her family’s well water was tinged brown, and she wondered why. She soon learned about pharmaceutical pollution in the Florida Everglades, and […]

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Broadcom India Employees Rally to Package 30,000 Meals for Chennai Flood Victims

By | December 14th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Corporate Social Responsibility|

Stop Hunger Now India Floods RESIZEIn rapid response to the devastating floods in Chennai and other parts of Tamil Nadu, India, Broadcom employees teamed up with Stop Hunger Now to package some 30,000 meals in just two hours, meals that will provide much needed relief to more than affected 5,000 families in the stricken region.

Broadcom Foundation’s emergency response reserve fund enabled 100 Broadcom employees and their families to pack highly nutritious meals that include locally grown rice and spices, dal and provide 23 essential vitamins and minerals.

“We thank the Broadcom team for their immediate response to the flooding that has prevented several thousand families from going back to their homes and starting normal lives again,” said Dola Mohapatra, Director of Stop Hunger Now in India. “With Broadcom’s support, we opened the first Stop Hunger Now facility in India early this year, which positioned us to respond to emergencies in this area. Otherwise, we could not have acted so quickly to bring relief.”

2015 – […]

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Defining a Leader: Avery Clowes Captures Inaugural Scott A. McGregor Leadership Award

By | November 10th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

Many try to define what it takes to be a leader – a recent Inc. Magazine article listed confidence, decisiveness and honesty as key traits. But, how are these qualities nurtured in young people?

Some may say becoming a leader starts with formative experience– such as the Broadcom MASTERS program.

Last month, 30 middle school finalists were chosen from all over the country and flown to Silicon Valley for a rigorous, weeklong competition that tested their mastery of STEM principles and team leadership. With challenging competitions each day coupled with team building activities throughout the week, the finalists quickly got to know each other and how to work together.

Unbeknownst to the finalists they were asked to elect a “class speaker” at the end of the competition. They were asked to elect one of their peers who demonstrated leadership qualities throughout the week. Avery Clowes, 13, from Bolton Mass. was elected the winner.

Clowes (left) congratulates a fellow finalist Clowes (left) congratulates a fellow finalist

“Being elected […]

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Career Panel Inspires Broadcom MASTERS to “Pursue the Unknown”

By | November 2nd, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|

‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’ is the question most often posed to teenagers.

Career Day McGregor resize Scott McGregor, President and CEO of Broadcom, speaks with a group of Broadcom MASTERS finalists.

At a gathering with STEM professionals from academia to industry, this year’s 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists took a front row seat to their futures. The Broadcom MASTERS students explored potential career choices, mined for inspiration and took home some valuable lessons from seven panelists.

The panelists, who hailed from positions like CEO, CTO and professor, had something in common with the finalists – they have all participated in a science competition of Society for Science & the Public (SSP). Along with the soon-to-be Broadcom MASTERS alum, that’s a lot of STEM brainpower in one room!

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