Broadcom Foundation champions signature programs that promote 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity as well as the confidence to lead and a be productive team member.
To achieve this, the foundation taps science and engineering fairs affiliated with the Society for Science and Coolest Projects produced by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to encourage, inspire and reward application of these skills.
Broadcom Coding with Commitment™
At the regional level, Broadcom Foundation sponsors Broadcom Coding with Commitment™ at fifty regional science and engineering fairs in which a participating student can win a cash prize and a Raspberry Pi kit for a project in any category that combines STEM Knowledge and Computation/Coding in the project’s research, design, or development and which expresses a passion for helping or improving one’s community.
The prize takes into consideration access (or lack thereof) to STEM and computing tools to fairly weigh and consider innovative projects by low-income and under-represented students whose resources may be more limited than to other competitors.
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 sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS participants reap the benefits of project-based learning and collaboration with teachers, mentors and professional scientists and engineers.
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, and top prizes include the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift from the Samueli Foundation, the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and the Broadcom Coding with Commitment prize of $10,000.
2021 Broadcom MASTERS Winners
Akilan Sankaran, 14, Albuquerque, New Mexico, won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, for his computer program that can calculate “highly divisible numbers,” sometimes called antiprimes, more than 1,000 digits long as well as his leadership, collaboration and critical thinking skills. The prize is a gift of Dr. Henry Samueli, Chairman of the Board, Broadcom Inc., and Chair of the Broadcom Foundation and his wife, Dr. Susan Samueli, President of the Samueli Foundation.
Josephine E. Schultz, 14, San Antonio, Texas, won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, an honor made possible by Samueli’s generous donation of his 2012 Marconi Society Prize Award. The finalist demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi. Josephine studied painted lady butterflies and found that changes in light patterns can affect their emergence from their chrysalises by up to two weeks.
Hailey Miya Van, Irvine, CA discovered that if CO2 emissions continue, oxygen level in more than half of the world’s oceans will fall to dangerously low levels by 2150, and ocean acidity levels will dramatically worsen.
Camellia Sharma, 14, Henrico, Virginia, won the $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award for demonstrating excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, along with the leadership and technical skills necessary to excel in the 21st Century STEM workforce and build a better community for tomorrow. Camellia built a 3D-printed aerial drone/boat that can fly to a spot, land on the water and take underwater photos. Her software can then count the fish living there.
Prisha Shroff, 14, Chandler, Arizona, won the $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor who creates a promising solution to a real-world problem. Prisha developed an AI-based wildfire prevention system that uses satellite and meteorological data to identify fire-prone locations and deploy drones there.
Ryka C. Chopra, 13, Fremont, California, won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields and demonstrates an understanding of the many social factors that affect the health of communities. Ryka geocoded the locations of fast-food restaurants to see if they are built near populations of obese people, perhaps contributing to the obesity cycle.
2021 BROADCOM MASTERS FINALISTS
The 2021 Broadcom MASTERS finalists faced tremendous adversity conducting scientific research and developing engineering prototypes during the pandemic. More than 25% are tackling COVID-19 related challenges. Other facts include:
- Half of the finalists are female and half are male
- Students represent 15 states
- States with multiple finalists: eight from California, four from New Jersey, three from Oregon and Texas, and two from Florida.
- States with one finalist: Arizona, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Utah and Virginia.
- Finalist projects cover multiple disciplines of science, including environmental and earth science, electrical and mechanical engineering, microbiology, physics, bioengineering, computer science, software engineering, behavioral and social sciences, energy and sustainability, animal science, chemistry and plant science.
Meet all 30 Broadcom MASTERS Finalists here.
2021 Top 300
The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS in 2021 include
- 58.7% identify as girls while 40.3% identify as boys
- Representation from 41 states and Guam, a U.S. territory
- 23% live in California with 69 students. Florida follows with 31 students (10.3%), then Texas at 22 (7.3%), Pennsylvania 20 (6.67%) and Oregon 18 (6%)
- Top two project categories are Earth and Environmental Sciences (42) and Behavioral and Social Sciences (38)
- More than 2/3 (206) go to public school, with 59 (19.7%) in private school and 15 (5%) in charter schools. The remaining students are in home, magnet or online schools.
Find a list of all Top 300 here.
BROADCOM MASTERS ALUMNI
Competition Schedule and Location
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 Society-affiliated fairs throughout
|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 Regeneron 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 27 – Nov 2||30 finalists compete in the Broadcom MASTERS for four days. They are judged on their STEM project, proficiency in a particular STEM subject, and their ability to work with 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.
|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 an awards