The Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public 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 9th 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 $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement 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.
Students are invited to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by entering their science and engineering projects at regional and state Society-affiliate fairs, listed here.
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.|