Broadcom MASTERS Alum Wins First Prize from EU

River Grace’s Passion for Biology Reaps Continued Rewards in STEM

Perpetual curiosity and a passion for animals has propelled River Grace, 17 of Melbourne, Florida from winning the Samueli Prize at the Broadcom MASTERS in 2013 to his 1st place finish at the 2016 European Union (EU) Contest for Young Scientists last month. One of only 3 Americans invited to compete, Grace brought home a big win for the United States for his investigations of the brahminy blindsnake’s central nervous system.2016-9-river-eucys-high-res

“I was both astounded and deeply grateful to have been selected for the honor of 1st place, and delighted to represent my nation and meet other young scientists who had a passion for knowledge, just like me – actually this reminded me a lot of the Broadcom MASTERS!” Grace said.

Grace’s investigation uncovered that the blindsnake has functional eyes (no one knew!)

When Grace first identified a blindsnake, his immediate thought was “are they really blind?” He then took his inquiry deeper to examine the snake’s […]

By | November 9th, 2016|Broadcom MASTERS|0 Comments

THIS ELECTION IS FOR EVERY CHILD

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 […]

By | November 3rd, 2016|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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

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 […]

By | December 23rd, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Broadcom MASTERS “Took Me to the Next Level,” Say Alumni

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

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 […]

By | December 16th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Broadcom MASTERS Alumna Wins $100,000 Grand Prize in Siemens Competition

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

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 […]

By | November 10th, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Defining a Leader: Avery Clowes Captures Inaugural Scott A. McGregor Leadership Award

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

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 […]

By | November 3rd, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Tapping the Force: The Art of Making Star Wars Illuminates STEAM Careers

Career Panel Inspires Broadcom MASTERS to “Pursue the Unknown”

‘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!

By | November 2nd, 2015|Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Career Panel Inspires Broadcom MASTERS to “Pursue the Unknown”

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

Broadcom MASTERS Practice Teamwork and Perseverance with Help from a “Tech-lebrity”

On the last day of the competition, Broadcom MASTERS finalists convened at the Computer History Museum to collaborate on challenges using a Raspberry Pi microcomputer, a low-cost, credit-card sized computer that taps Broadcom silicon. With a few shrieks and shocked looks, finalists greeted Eben Upton, co-creator of the Raspberry Pi and head of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

MASTERS 2015 Eben with Red Team Raspberry Pi cofounder Eben Upton with Red Team.

“I really enjoyed meeting the creator of Raspberry Pi because the computer was the main technology in my science project,” said one finalist.

Upton met with each team, sharing his experiences, providing tips on coding and encouraging each finalist to follow his or her passion.

“We started Raspberry Pi to solve a local problem – the collapse in students wanting to study computer programming,” Upton, a U.K.-based technical director for Broadcom said. “I thought we’d only sell 100 when we first started, but the Raspberry Pi has proven to be a successful tool to […]

By | October 6th, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS, Raspberry Pi|Comments Off on Broadcom MASTERS Practice Teamwork and Perseverance with Help from a “Tech-lebrity”

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.”

MASTERS 2015 public day Photo Credit: Society for Science and the Public

On the first day […]

By | October 5th, 2015|Broadcom MASTERS|Comments Off on Broadcom MASTERS 2015: Opening Competition Events Make for a Weekend Whirlwind
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