Project-Based Learning Goes Global with Broadcom MASTERS International

Science, technology, engineering and math students from around the globe are set to descend on Southern California next week to learn what a STEM career has to offer from real-world experts — Broadcom engineers.

Employee volunteers are set to engage with teams of students — each of them a delegate from this year’s Broadcom MASTERS International program — for a little groupthink on how Broadcom technology could be used to address business and social challenges in their home countries. The activities are designed to foster team-building and leadership skills and play into Broadcom Foundation’s commitment to promoting project-based learning as a cornerstone of STEM education.MASTERS Intl Team Black

The MASTERS International program invites 23 middle school science and engineering fair winners from Australia, Canada, China, Finland, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, the United Kingdom and the U.S. to take part in the yearly gathering.

Activities include a visit to observe the world’s largest international science and engineering fair (ISEF). Delegates range in age from 12 to 15 and bring with them a variety of award-winning science and engineering projects that address topics as wide-ranging as urban parking, solar cells and robotics.

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Since its inception, the Broadcom Foundation‘s MASTERS International program has offered a rare opportunity for young students with a passion for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) to collaborate with their peers from around the world. This year, Broadcom employees at the company’s campus in Irvine, Calif., will get to share in the enthusiasm when the delegates visit for the MASTERS International Salute, a special event being held in their honor on May 12.

“By bringing students together with professionals who are passionate about science and engineering, the MASTERS International program ultimately helps open their eyes to all the possibilities a career in STEM has to offer,” said Executive Director of Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs Paula Golden. “If we can inspire kids to stay with math and science through high school and beyond, we’re helping to build the foundation for the next generation of scientists and engineers.”

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The full list of this year’s delegates and their project topics:

  • Fenella Atkinson, United Kingdom, “Human Calorimeter”
  • Shuxuan (Tracy) Xiong, China, “Dust-Proof Box Suitable for a Variety of Electric Drills”
  • Miro Brunou, Finland, “Flight Properties of Paper Gliders”
  • Jessica Broder, Canada, “The Nose Knows”
  • Macinley Buston, Australia, “Slow Your Row Snail”
  • Vivian Chen and Yun-Hsuan (Abby) Lee, Taiwan, “The Healthy Taiwanese Meatball: Kung Wan”
  • Cher Ying Foo, Singapore “Biometric Membrane on Water Purification”
  • Shai Grizek and Omri Mishaly, Israel, “Effective Sun Utilization with an Active Solar Cell”
  • Krystal Horton, U.S., “Agrilus Coxalis: The Gold-spotted Oak Borer”
  • Adolfo Ibarra, U.S and Ernesto Bejarano, U.S andMagnetic Marble Roller-Coasters”
  • Kazuto Ichikawa, Japan, “Relationship with Dormancy of Fertilized Eggs and Silkworm Food”
  • Junmo (Andrew) Lee, South Korea, “A Travel to Polygon Kingdom”
  • Hanje (Jane) Li, China, “Utilizing Composite Graphite Film to Improve Thermal Conductivity and Heat Dissipation Efficiently”
  • Jiuze (George) Liu, China, “Stair Railing Cleaning Robot”
  • Ram Mannath and Aishwarya Vinod Nambiar, India, “Quest for a Biodegradable Alternative to Plastic/Wax Coating for Paper Cups”
  • Saad Nasser, India, “Exploring Fast, Lean and Efficient Ways to Interconnect Many Processors
  • Jorge Sandoval, Mexico, “Cromatography”
  • Sean Weber, U.S., “Strength of Mussel Byssal Threads vs. Wave Action”
  • Xinjian (Tom) Zhang, China, “A Solution to Parking Problem in Kunming”

Learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS International program in the highlights video below:

Stay tuned for more photos and blogs from the May 12 event and follow the action live on Twitter with the  Broadcom Foundation’s @BroadcomSTEM handle.