Three chosen as semifinalists in 2015 Broadcom MASTERS
Author: Tammy L. Lane • First Posted: Monday, August 24, 2015
Three students in Fayette County Public Schools are among 300 semifinalists in the annual Broadcom MASTERS, the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. Elizabeth Moore, a seventh-grader at Winburn Middle; and Megan Slusarewicz and Rachel Seevers, now freshmen in the MSTC program at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, are among Kentucky’s seven contenders. Each receives a Broadcom MASTERS award ribbon, semifinalist certificate of accomplishment, backpack, decal, a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine, and a one-year subscription to Mathematica+, courtesy of Wolfram Research.
These three girls qualified by virtue of their strong showing in last spring’s Kentucky Science & Engineering Fair. Megan (then at Winburn) placed first in Animal Sciences and earned “Best of Fair” honors in Life Sciences, Rachel (then at Beaumont Middle) took first place in Engineering Mechanics, and Elizabeth earned top honors in the Energy/Physical category.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) – a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP) – inspires sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders to follow their passion. Nominees qualified to enter the competition by being among the top 10 percent of participants in their SSP-affiliated science fairs. The semifinalists were chosen from more than 2,200 applicants after evaluations by scientists, engineers and educators.
Thirty finalists, who will be announced Sept. 2, will receive an all-expense paid trip to Silicon Valley for a four-day competition this fall. They will be judged on their project, proficiency in a particular STEM subject, and ability to work with teammates. Top awards include the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize.