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Broadcom MASTERS

The Broadcom MASTERS is the premier science and engineering competition for middle school students.

October 19- October 24, 2018, Washington, D.C.
Broadcom MASTERS finals week competition

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In order to compete in Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars), Society-affiliated science fairs around the country nominate the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participants to enter this prestigious competition. Nominees then complete an online application for a chance to compete at the national level.

Entries are judged during the summer. Out of the entrants, the top 300 projects are announced in September. From these top 300 MASTERS, 30 finalists and one parent/guardian win an ell-expense paid trip to the national finals in Washington, D.C. to showcase their projects, compete in teams, and visit sites that celebrate innovation through STEM. The finalists present their projects, collaborate in team hands-on STEM challenges to demonstrate their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity, and compete for a top award of $25,000.

Broadcom supports project based learning to encourage students to enter STEM careers.

Broadcom MASTERS 2017 finalists on stage at the awards ceremony.
Broadcom MASTERS 2017 finalists on stage at the awards ceremony.
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There are several awards given out annually at Broadcom MASTERS. They include:

  • The Rising Star Award, which includes a trip to attend Intel ISEF and represent the U.S. at Broadcom MASTERS International
  • 1st place STEM awards awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math categories, which include a $3,500 stipend for a summer camp of the winner's choice and an iPad 
  • 2nd place STEM awards awarded in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math categories, which include a $2,500 stipend for a summer camp of the winner's choice and an iPad
  • $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, sponsored by the Lemelson Foundation
  • $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation
  • $20,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement
  • $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM excellence 

The finalists' teachers also receive digital subscriptions to Science News to use in their classrooms, and the schools receive $1,000 to use on STEM activities.

To be a young woman in STEM is to be important. It’s having the power to change the world. Broadcom MASTERS has broadened my scope and audience.
Broadcom MASTERS International brings together a group of middle school students from around the world during the Intel ISEF competition.
Broadcom MASTERS International brings together a group of middle school students from around the world during the Intel ISEF competition.
Photo courtesy of Society for Science & the Public.

Broadcom MASTERS International

Broadcom MASTERS International is a separate competition, happening concurrently with Intel ISEF. It provides a unique opportunity for 20 middle school students from around the world to attend a specialized program where they experience science together. The delegates attend Intel ISEF, the high school international science and engineering fair, learn about STEM, and interact with each other during this global exchange.

History of Broadcom MASTERS

Broadcom MASTERS began in 2011 and Broadcom MASTERS International began in 2012. View alumni of both programs.

The Broadcom Foundation is the title sponsor and partner of Broadcom MASTERS. Broadcom MASTERS began in 2010 as a six-year commitment that demonstrates Broadcom Foundation’s support of advancing science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) education. Broadcom Foundation extended its sponsorship of Broadcom MASTERS for an additional six years.

The Society's earlier middle school competitions were called the Discovery Young Scientist Challenge (DYSC) (1999-2007) or the Middle School Program (2008).