Broadcom MASTERS® (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars), is the premier international middle school science and engineering fair competition. A program of the Society for Science & the Public sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS participants reap the benefits of project-based learning, collaboration with teachers, mentors and professional scientists and engineers.
They learn the 21st Century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity as well as the confidence to lead and be productive team members to achieve their goals. Broadcom MASTERS competitors shine in the spotlight of regional, national and international science and engineering fairs.
Broadcom MASTERS honors their achievements with awards and prizes for themselves, their teachers and schools.
The Broadcom MASTERS awards cash prizes and gifts to all MASTERS nominees and their teachers at every level of competition. National finals are held each fall in Washington, D.C., and top prizes include the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift from the Samueli Foundation, the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, the $10,000 STEM Talent Award, sponsored by DoD STEM and the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, STEM and team awards. Top awards in math were sponsored by Robert John Floe, President, Floe Financial Partners.
2019 Competition Finalists
Meet the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS – the Nation’s Most Promising Middle School STEM Innovators
For the First Time, 60 Percent of Finalists are Female
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS competition. The 18 girls and 12 boys were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers. California had the most finalists with 10, followed by Texas and Utah with 3. The category with the most finalists was Environmental & Earth Sciences at almost 27%. The finalists won an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC and competed for cash and experiential prizes.
2019 Top 300
The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS include:
- A nearly equal number of girls and boys, with about 52% males and 47% females.
- Students from 37 states, plus the District of Columbia, with California (77), Florida (40), Texas (29), Pennsylvania (16) and Utah (12) fielding the most Top 300 competitors.
- 199 students from public schools, 76 from private schools, 16 from charter schools and nine from home schools.
Find a list of all Top 300 here.
BROADCOM MASTERS ALUMNI
Competition Schedule and Location
|January – June||Middle school students enter their science and engineering projects in regional and state Society-affiliated fairs throughout the US Ten percent of participating middle school students at each fair are eligible to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS.|
|March – May||Regional and State science fairs are held. Affiliate fairs are listed here. In May, two “Rising Star” winners from the US MASTERS attend MASTERS International at ISEF.|
|June||MASTERS Nominees complete their online application in which they point out the STEM elements in their project, share their interests, talk about an inspirational teacher or mentor and careers they might pursue based on their STEM interests.|
|Mid August||300 national semifinalists are selected by a prestigious panel of scientists and engineers.|
|Late August||30 national finalists are announced from the pool of semifinalists.|
|October 19-24||30 finalists travel to Washington, D.C., (with a parent) where they compete in the Broadcom MASTERS for four days. They are judged on their science or engineering project, proficiency in a particular STEM subject and their ability to work with their teammates during competition.|
|MASTERS Finalist Week Schedule:|
|Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase||Finalists’ projects are displayed, where they share their STEM knowledge with a panel of world-renowned scientists and engineers.|
|STEM Challenge Day||Finalists engage in an action-packed day of team competitions focused on STEM challenges at an exciting venue.|
|Building/Innovation Challenge Day||Finalists take part in final rounds of STEM challenges that focus on engineering and technology innovation. Past projects have included a workshop using the renowned Raspberry Pi, a mighty little computer that runs on a Broadcom chip.|
|Awards Ceremony Hill Day||The week’s activities culminate with a formal dinner and awards ceremony at a prestigious location.Finalists and their parents pay a visit to Congress to share their experiences with their representatives.|
Competition Schedule and Location
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the seventh annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition. The 18 girls and 12 boys were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from 2,348 applicants from 47 states and two US territories. The finalists won an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC and competed for cash and experiential prizes.
Winners were announced in October 2019.