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2:16pm, November 10, 2016

Almost 100 Society for Science & the Public alumni, family, and friends reconvened in Washington, D.C. for the alumni reception held during the Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Project Showcase on October 29.

There, they mingled and reminisced about their projects, competition weeks, and current STEM pursuits.

Broadcom MASTERS alumni gathered at the alumni reception before heading to the Project Showcase.
11:36am, November 9, 2016

How do you give to science?

Society for Science & the Public celebrates Give to Science Day on November 9 every year to secure support for our mission: to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.

Share stories and photos of how you give to science with the Society. We want to spread the ways that people are involved in STEM fields, conducting important research, and making discoveries.

7:00am, November 7, 2016

Studying rockets took Eleanor Sigrest to new heights in October during the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS middle school STEM competition.

Inspired by the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explosion, Eleanor, 13, experimented with cold gas rocket nozzles to contribute to the engineering knowledge on the subject. Small versions of cold gas rockets help astronauts move around in space when they venture outside their craft. Larger versions control the Falcon 9's orientation and help stabilize it as it lands.

Eleanor Sigrest won the Samueli Foundation Prize for her rocket nozzle research.
7:00am, November 3, 2016
The alumni panel

Rebecca Alford, a Ph.D. student in chemical and biomolecular engineering at Johns Hopkins University. She is an alumna of the 2012 Science Talent Search and 2011 and 2012 International Science and Engineering Fair.

Jennifer Barrett, the Theodora Ayer Randolph Professor of Equine Surgery at Virginia Tech. She is alumna of the 1987 Science Talent Search.

The Broadcom MASTERS finalists discussed scientific career paths with Robert Beckman during the career panel.
9:11am, November 2, 2016

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public announced the winners of the sixth annual national Broadcom MASTERS competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

Broadcom Foundation and the Society also announced first and second place winners in each of the STEM categories of science, technology, engineering, and math, the Team Award, and two Rising Stars who will be the U.S. delegates at the Broadcom MASTERS International and official observers to Intel ISEF in May.

Broadcom MASTERS finalists celebrate on stage after receiving awards.
4:15pm, October 31, 2016

Day Two of the Broadcom MASTERS got off to an exciting start with the first group challenge, Rube’s Raspberry Challenge, organized by the Computer History Museum.

The Challenge: “Each team must collaborate to design, code and build a system that receives the input of a rolling ball to turn on an LED. The ball must interact with an input device connected to a Raspberry Pi computer, to trigger a piece of code with will turn on a light. Creativity is encouraged!”

11:38am, October 31, 2016

Middle school students don't always get to tour and meet medical students at a top medical university. But that's how the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS finalists got to spend their Sunday at the Georgetown University Medical School.

First-year medical students gave the finalists a tour of the Georgetown University campus and the medical school. During the tour and over lunch, the medical students and finalists got to know each other and shared their interests and hobbies.

The 2016 Broadcom MASTERS finalists toured Georgetown University and met with first-year medical students.
3:06pm, October 29, 2016

Dozens of judges and the public attended the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS Project Showcase on Saturday, October 29 at the National Geographic Society. Students from local schools, parents, and members of the public came to meet the finalists and learn about their projects.

View some photos from the showcase below.

Eleanor Sigrest, from Virginia, explained her project on cold gas rocket nozzles to a large crowd of onlookers.
12:11pm, October 29, 2016

"They're awesome, they're interesting, and really nice people. I like how we all share a passion for science, and math, and technology," said Ariya Eppinger. from Pennsylvania.

She just met her Broadcom MASTERS teammates Friday afternoon and already feels like they're becoming good friends.

The 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists from all over the country convened in Washington, D.C. for teambuilding activities and to get to know each other.

Some of the Broadcom MASTERS finalists (Ariya, left) gathered in the game room together Friday night.

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