Thirty of the nation’s best young scientists are arriving in Washington, DC today to compete in the finals of the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars).
This week-long event kicks off tonight with a welcome dinner, providing a chance for the students to get to know each other and learn about the rest of the competition. Tomorrow, they will present their science fair projects to both the judges and the public at the National Geographic Museum. To qualify for the Broadcom MASTERS, each student had to place in the top 10% of participants in their local science fair, then fill out an application. These 30 students were selected from almost 1,700 applicants nationwide.
Finalists will then compete in two days of hands-on STEM challenges designed in conjunction with the Maryland Science Center, JASON Project, and the National Academy of Engineering to test not only their knowledge of science, technology, engineering, and math, but also their teamwork, communication, and leadership skills. The week wraps up on Tuesday, October 1 with a dinner and awards ceremony held at the Carnegie Institution of Science, where more than $60,000 in awards will be announced, including a top award of $25,000 provided by the Samueli Foundation.
Are you in the greater Washington, DC area? Stop by the Science and Engineering Project Showcase at the National Geographic Museum on Saturday, September 28 from 1-4PM for your chance to meet the finalists! This event is free and open to the public. Also, check out this Washington Post article featuring two local finalists!