The nation’s top middle school students are arriving in Washington, DC today to compete in the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), the national science, technology, engineering, and math competition for U.S. 6th, 7th, and 8th graders.
This year’s 30 finalists were nominated to participate in the Broadcom MASTERS by SSP-affiliated science fairs across the country. Finalists were then selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from more than 1,470 applicants in 38 states and Puerto Rico.
Finalists (16 girls and 14 boys) come from 17 states and represent 29 schools. Their projects cover a broad range of topics including artificial intelligence, Wi-Fi reception, tsunami warning systems, and more. Finalists will compete for more than $50,000 in prizes, including the $25,000 grand prize presented by the Samueli Foundation, by presenting independent research projects and participating in STEM-based challenges throughout the week. Other prizes include the brand new Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, a Team Award, two Rising Star awards, and awards in each of the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.
It’s not just the finalists that will be receiving awards at this competition. Each finalist’s school will receive $1,000 in honor of their achievements and Broadcom MASTERS Classroom Sponsor, Elmers Products, Inc. will also be providing Wal-mart giftcards to the finalists’ teachers. The grand prize winner will also receive $500 Wal-mart gift cards for their teacher and their classroom.
In addition to competing for awards, the finalists will have a unique chance to meet and collaborate with other young scientists and innovators from across the country while experiencing the cultural opportunities Washington, DC has to offer.
Follow the action at Broadcom MASTERS through social media- like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @societyforscience, hashtag #brcmMASTERS. Or if you are in the greater Washington, DC area join us in person on Saturday, September 29 at the National Geographic Society from 1-4 PM for an opportunity to meet the students in person and hear them discuss their projects.