Two honorees from the 2011 MSSEF Middle School Fair were among the 30 finalists to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS competition. Sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, in partnership with Society for Science & the Public (SSP), the Broadcom MASTERS is a national STEM competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. The students displayed their projects during Broadcom MASTERS’ week (September 30 - October 4).
First-place MSSEF Middle School Fair winner Emily Sarkisian of Mansfield, MA showcased her project, called "The Relationship Between Space Weather and GPS Accuracy." Currently a freshman at Mansfield High School, Emily won the MSSEF fair while she was a student at St. Mary's Catholic School.
Nathan Han of Boston also received first-place honors at MSSEF's 2011 Middle School Science Fair for his project, "A Study of Somatic Sensory Receptive Fields in Human Skin." Nathan is now a 7th grade student at Jackson Mann K-8 School in Allston.
“There is a resurgence of project-based competitions due to a growing awareness throughout the United States that our kids, especially middle schoolers, need hands-on learning if we are to create an innovative workforce of scientists and engineers for the future,” said Broadcom Foundation Executive Director Paula Golden. “Broadcom MASTERS creates an exciting opportunity for the finalists to learn about our nation’s capital while showcasing their projects, competing as teams, and developing their skills in communication, collaboration and self-discovery.”
The Broadcom MASTERS’ finalists were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers from among 300 semifinalists, who were chosen from a pool of 1,476 applicants in 45 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.
About the Sponsors
Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.
The Broadcom Foundation was founded to inspire and enable young people throughout the world to enter careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities and non-profit organizations. Its mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.
Established in 1921, Science for Society & the Public is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its education competitions and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, SSP informs, educates, and inspires.