Two of the 30 U.S. students in the final round of the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition finals hail from Massachusetts.
Daniel Lu of Carlisle, MA will compete in the finals with his project, "Psychoacoustics: The Perception of Volume." Assonet's Ethan Messier will present "Wave To The Future (The Utilization of Marine Waves Using Wave Buoys to Generate Electricity)." A program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP), Broadcom MASTERS is a leading science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
"The Broadcom MASTERS finalists represent the nation’s finest young innovators,” said Paula Golden, Executive Director of the Broadcom Foundation. "We need ideas from these students, and the thousands of others who participated in the Broadcom MASTERS this year to help solve the grand challenges of this century."
Daniel and Ethan are among 16 girls and 14 boys who will compete in Washington DC on October 2 for more than $40,000 in cash prizes. The top award is the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Award, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation. While on their all-expenses-paid trip to the nation's capital, the finalists will take field trips to historical sites illuminating American contributions to science and technology and visit Capitol Hill to meet their elected representatives.
"Independent research and hands-on learning is vital to the success of our bright young students, both while still in school and later in their careers," said Elizabeth Marincola, President of Society for Science & the Public. "We hope that programs like the Broadcom MASTERS encourage students to expand and continue the process of scientific inquiry."
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.