Welcome!

News Feed Item

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public Announce Broadcom MASTERS® 2012 National Science Fair Winners

Raymond Gilmartin, 14, of South Pasadena, Calif., Wins Grand Prize for Study on the Effect of Rear Spoilers on Drag and Lift in Cars

WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 

NEWS HIGHLIGHTS

  • Samueli Foundation winner Raymond Gilmartin (age 14) of South Pasadena, Calif., wins grand prize for overall STEM excellence and his study on the effect of rear spoilers on drag and lift in cars
  • Jessika Baral (age 13) of Fremont, Calif., wins Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation and $10,000 for her aptitude for electrical engineering and project on eye muscles and peripheral vision
  • Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS inspires future scientists and engineers to stay with science and math throughout high school

Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public (SSP) today announced the winners of the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS® national STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) competition for sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Broadcom Foundation and SSP also announced top winners in the categories of Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Rising Stars. Learn more and congratulate the winners of the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS competition at www.broadcomfoundation.org/masters and www.societyforscience.org/masters.

In total, Broadcom Foundation and classroom partner Elmer's Products, Inc. offer more than $500,000 in prizes, awards and rebates to nominees, entrants, semifinalists, finalists, and their teachers and schools. The grand prize is the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, co-founder of Broadcom Corporation. In addition to the grand prize, Henry Samueli also presented the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, a new honor made possible by Samueli's donation of his recent Marconi Society Prize winnings.

Winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists (16 girls and 14 boys) from 17 states representing 29 schools. Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers.

Winners Include:

The Samueli Foundation Prize: $25,000
Winner: Raymond Gilmartin, 14, South Pasadena, Calif.
Project: Spare the Environment, Spoiler the Car:  The Effect of Rear Spoilers on Drag and Lift
Grand prize winner Raymond Gilmartin, a self-described car enthusiast, decided to find out how a rear spoiler affects drag and lift in SUVs. After building two spoilers for a model SUV and testing in a six-foot wind tunnel, he concluded that a level spoiler would increase drag compared to a car without a spoiler, but would not affect lift. Raymond found that reducing drag can improve gas mileage, ultimately decreasing carbon emissions and helping to slow climate change.

He was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on his mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. Raymond has exemplified how research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines as well as the impact they collectively have on our every-day lives. 

Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation: $10,000
Winner: Jessika Baral, 13, Fremont, Calif.
Project: A Novel Way to Strengthen Eye Muscles and Enhance Peripheral Vision
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner Jessika Baral was inspired to study vision after noticing that her friends often use handheld electronic devices for long periods of time – a habit that can result in eye muscle fatigue. She decided to put her engineering skills to use creating a device to strengthen tired eye muscles and improve peripheral vision using LED lights. Through her research, she found that regular exercise with the device significantly improved both peripheral vision and peripheral reading range in children and adults.

Jessika was selected because she demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, and in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, has shown aptitude and skill in applied electrical engineering concepts in her science project and in the STEM challenges throughout the week.

STEM Award Winners:
Each of these finalists (first and second place award winners) were selected for demonstrated skills and promise in each of the disciplines represented by STEM. First place winners receive $3,500 and second place winners are awarded $2,500 to support the finalist's choice of STEM summer camp experiences offered around the country. Each STEM winner also wins an iPad.

  • Science Awards: First place goes to Shixuan Justin Li of Lynn Haven, Fla., for his project on mosquito repellents. Second place goes to Nicole Odzer of North Miami Beach, Fla., for her project on reef-building corals and global warming.
  • Technology Awards: First place goes to Daniel Lu of Carlisle, Mass., for his project on the perception of volume. Second place goes to Anirudh Jain of Portland, Ore., for his project on silver nanoparticles and pollution.
  • Engineering Awards: First place goes to Chase Lewis of Chapel Hill, N.C., for his project on gun powders and nitrocellulose. Second place goes to Carolyn Jons of Eden Prairie, Minn., for her project on mold growth on blueberries.
  • Mathematics Awards: First place goes to Maria Elena Grimmett of Jupiter, Fla., for her project on removing pharmaceutical contaminants from groundwater. Second place goes to Maya Patel of The Woodlands, Texas, for her project on predicting the spread of wildfires.

Rising Stars Award:
Cassie Drury of Louisville, Ky., and Mabel Wheeler of Orem, Utah, win a trip to the world's largest international high school science fair competition in May 2013 as the United States Delegates to Broadcom MASTERS International, in recognition of their work throughout the Broadcom MASTERS finals, as well as their projects on cell signaling in wound healing in worms, and the impact of sunscreen on the degradation of polymers, respectively.

The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) program helps middle school students translate a personal interest into a passion for science, engineering and innovation, and encourages them to continue with science and math through high school. Sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, a non-profit public benefit organization funded by Broadcom Corporation, the Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public. SSP has been the leader of the world's most prestigious science competitions for over seven decades.

For more information on the Broadcom MASTERS, check out the Broadcom Foundation and SSP websites or visit Broadcom Foundation's Newsroom and read the B-Connected Blog. To keep up with Broadcom MASTERS on Twitter, use hashtag #brcmMASTERS or follow Broadcom and SSP. And to stay connected, visit the Broadcom MASTERS and SSP Facebook pages.

Quotes:
Scott McGregor
President, Broadcom Foundation
President and Chief Executive Officer, Broadcom Corporation
"Congratulations to our Samueli Foundation Prize winner Raymond Gilmartin and all of the finalists. Broadcom MASTERS brings together the finest young engineers and scientists in the nation to explore hands-on learning in a unique competition that encourages students to follow their passion and make a positive difference in the world."

Elizabeth Marincola, President of Society for Science & the Public
"Society for Science & the Public is proud to join Broadcom Foundation in congratulating Raymond Gilmartin. We hope that the success of Raymond and all of the 2012 Broadcom MASTERS finalists not only inspires and encourages them to continue to pursue their passion for STEM subjects, but also serves as an inspiration for other young scientists around the country."

Paula Golden, Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation
Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation
"As they return home triumphant, each of our Broadcom MASTERS finalists will become ambassadors for STEM education. They will bring a cash award to their schools, inspiring their peers to see that math and science education throughout high school translates into college and career opportunities that will define their futures and help them achieve their full potential in a world that is hungry for talent and innovation."

About Broadcom Foundation
Broadcom Foundation's mission is to 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. Broadcom Foundation is the proud sponsor of the Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public – a premier science and engineering competition for middle school children. The Foundation's mission is to advance education in STEM by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity. Learn more at www.broadcomfoundation.org

About Broadcom
Broadcom Corporation (NASDAQ: BRCM), a FORTUNE 500® company, is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. Broadcom® products seamlessly deliver voice, video, data and multimedia connectivity in the home, office and mobile environments.  With the industry's broadest portfolio of state-of-the-art system-on-a-chip and embedded software solutions, Broadcom is changing the world by Connecting everything®. For more information, go to www.broadcom.com.

About Society for Science & the Public
Society for Science & the Public is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the achievement of young researchers in independent research and to the public engagement in science. Established in 1921, its vision is to promote the understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement. Through its acclaimed education competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS, and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, as well as a weekly e-publication for the iPad, Science News Prime, Society for Science & the Public is committed to inform, educate, and inspire. Learn more at www.societyforscience.org.

Broadcom®, the pulse logo, Connecting everything®, the Connecting everything logo and Broadcom MASTERS® are among the trademarks of Broadcom Corporation and/or its affiliates in the United States, certain other countries and/or the EU. Any other trademarks or trade names mentioned are the property of their respective owners.

Broadcom Foundation
Jen Baumgartner
Manager, Corporate Communications
949-784-9574
[email protected]

Society for Science & the Public
Sarah Wood
Senior Manager, Communications
202-872-5110
[email protected]

SOURCE Broadcom Foundation; BRCM Corporate

More Stories By PR Newswire

Copyright © 2007 PR Newswire. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PRNewswire content is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of PRNewswire. PRNewswire shall not be liable for any errors or delays in the content, or for any actions taken in reliance thereon.

Latest Stories
SYS-CON Events announced today that Outscale, a global pure play Infrastructure as a Service provider and strategic partner of Dassault Systèmes, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Founded in 2010, Outscale simplifies infrastructure complexities and boosts the business agility of its customers. Outscale delivers a secure, reliable and industrial strength solution for its customers, which in...
With major technology companies and startups seriously embracing Cloud strategies, now is the perfect time to attend @CloudExpo | @ThingsExpo, June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY and October 31 - November 2, 2017, Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. Learn what is going on, contribute to the discussions, and ensure that your enterprise is on the right path to Digital Transformation.
SYS-CON Events announced today that EARP Integration will exhibit at SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. EARP Integration is a passionate software house. Since its inception in 2009 the company successfully delivers smart solutions for cities and factories that start their digital transformation. EARP provides bespoke solutions like, for example, advanced enterprise portals, business intelligence systems an...
IBM helps FinTechs and financial services companies build and monetize cognitive-enabled financial services apps quickly and at scale. Hosted on IBM Bluemix, IBM’s platform builds in customer insights, regulatory compliance analytics and security to help reduce development time and testing. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Tom Eck, Industry Platforms CTO at IBM Cloud, will discuss how these tools simplify the time-consuming tasks of selection, mapping and data integration, allowing developers ...
Existing Big Data solutions are mainly focused on the discovery and analysis of data. The solutions are scalable and highly available but tedious when swapping in and swapping out occurs in disarray and thrashing takes place. The resolution for thrashing through machine learning algorithms and support nomenclature is through simple techniques. Organizations that have been collecting large customer data are increasingly seeing the need to use the data for swapping in and out and thrashing occurs ...
In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Brad Winett, Senior Technologist for DDN Storage, will present several current, end-user environments that are using object storage at scale for cloud deployments including private cloud and cloud providers. Details on the top considerations of features and functions for selecting object storage will be included. Brad will also touch on recent developments in tiering technologies that deliver single solution and an end-user view of data across files and objects...
For financial firms, the cloud is going to increasingly become a crucial part of dealing with customers over the next five years and beyond, particularly with the growing use and acceptance of virtual currencies. There are new data storage paradigms on the horizon that will deliver secure solutions for storing and moving sensitive financial data around the world without touching terrestrial networks. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Cliff Beek, President of Cloud Constellation Corporation, w...
Most DevOps journeys involve several phases of maturity. Research shows that the inflection point where organizations begin to see maximum value is when they implement tight integration deploying their code to their infrastructure. Success at this level is the last barrier to at-will deployment. Storage, for instance, is more capable than where we read and write data. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at 20th Cloud Expo, Josh Atwell, a Developer Advocate for NetApp, will discuss the role and value...
Amazon started as an online bookseller 20 years ago. Since then, it has evolved into a technology juggernaut that has disrupted multiple markets and industries and touches many aspects of our lives. It is a relentless technology and business model innovator driving disruption throughout numerous ecosystems. Amazon’s AWS revenues alone are approaching $16B a year making it one of the largest IT companies in the world. With dominant offerings in Cloud, IoT, eCommerce, Big Data, AI, Digital Assis...
SYS-CON Events announced today that Progress, a global leader in application development, has been named “Bronze Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 20th International Cloud Expo®, which will take place on June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. Enterprises today are rapidly adopting the cloud, while continuing to retain business-critical/sensitive data inside the firewall. This is creating two separate data silos – one inside the firewall and the other outside the firewall. Cloud ISVs oft...
The 21st International Cloud Expo has announced that its Call for Papers is open. Cloud Expo, to be held October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, brings together Cloud Computing, Big Data, Internet of Things, DevOps, Digital Transformation, Machine Learning and WebRTC to one location. With cloud computing driving a higher percentage of enterprise IT budgets every year, it becomes increasingly important to plant your flag in this fast-expanding busin...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place October 31 - November 2, 2017, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA, is co-located with the 21st International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo Silicon Valley Call for Papers is now open.
DevOps is often described as a combination of technology and culture. Without both, DevOps isn't complete. However, applying the culture to outdated technology is a recipe for disaster; as response times grow and connections between teams are delayed by technology, the culture will die. A Nutanix Enterprise Cloud has many benefits that provide the needed base for a true DevOps paradigm. In his Day 3 Keynote at 20th Cloud Expo, Chris Brown, a Solutions Marketing Manager at Nutanix, will explore t...
As cloud adoption continues to transform business, today's global enterprises are challenged with managing a growing amount of information living outside of the data center. The rapid adoption of IoT and increasingly mobile workforce are exacerbating the problem. Ensuring secure data sharing and efficient backup poses capacity and bandwidth considerations as well as policy and regulatory compliance issues.
Interested in leveling up on your Cloud Foundry skills? Join IBM for Cloud Foundry Days on June 7 at Cloud Expo New York at the Javits Center in New York City. Cloud Foundry Days is a free half day educational conference and networking event. Come find out why Cloud Foundry is the industry's fastest-growing and most adopted cloud application platform.