The Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, is the preeminent national middle school science and engineering competition in the United States and the world. Now in its 8th year, the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is inspiring middle school students from all walks of life to pursue math and science throughout high school, opening doors to exciting university and career choices in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.
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 $20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement and the $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, STEM and team awards.
Students are invited to compete in the U.S. Broadcom MASTERS by entering their science and engineering projects at regional and state SSP-affiliate fairs, listed here.
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the 8th annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition. The 14 girls and 16 boys were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from a record number of 2,537 applicants from 35 states. The finalists won an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC and competed for cash and experiential prizes.
The 2018 Broadcom MASTERS Top 300 competitors include:
More females than males, with 152 girls (51 percent) and 145 boys (48 percent) selected from a record 2,537 applicants
Students from 35 states
Most populous states: 78 from California, 33 from Florida and 21 from Texas
Competitors come from a myriad of schools: 59.7 percent from public schools, 30.3 percent from private schools, 6.3 percent from charter schools, 3.3 percent from home schools and 0.3 percent (one student) from an online school.
The Broadcom MASTERS Competition Schedule (U.S only — international fairs take place throughout the year)
January – June
Middle school students enter their science and engineering
projects in regional and state SSP-affiliated fairs throughout
the U.S. 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 U.S. MASTERS attend MASTERS International at
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.
300 national semifinalists are selected by a prestigious panel
of scientists and engineers.
30 national finalists are announced from the pool of semifinalists.
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
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.
The Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), one of the nation’s oldest non-profit membership organizations dedicated to public engagement in science and science education. Established in 1921, SSP is a leading advocate for the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications like Science News and Science News for Kids. Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. To get started with a science project, visit the Society’s science fair resources.