River Grace(age 14) of West Melbourne, Fla., wins $25,000Samueli Foundation Prize in honor of overall STEM excellence for his study on endangered tortoises Eitan Acks(age 14) of San Diegowins $10,000Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation in recognition of engineering excellence for his project on devices for speech therapy
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Broadcom Foundation, Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science &the Public, inspires middle school age science and engineering enthusiasts to stay with science and math throughout high school
"Congratulations to River, Eitan and all our extraordinary Broadcom MASTERS finalists, whose STEM skills, leadership qualities and team spirit represent the critical array of diversified talent needed to innovate solutions to the world's grand challenges in technology, communications healthcare, transportation, energy and environmental sustainability," said
Winners were chosen from the 30 top finalists, who represent the top tier selected from thousands of nominees. Winners were selected by a panel of distinguished scientists and engineers.
The Samueli Foundation Prize:
Grand prize winner
He was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on his mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. River has exemplified how research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines as well as the impact they collectively have on our everyday lives.
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation:
Project: Tongue Untwister
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner
Eitan was selected because he demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, and for his use of electrical engineering concepts in STEM challenges throughout the week.
Rising Stars Award:
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 are awarded
- Science Awards: First place goes to
Keoni Gandallof Huntington Beach, Calif., for his project on engineering pink salt. Second place goes to Julienne Sauerof San Ramon, Calif., for her project on superconductors and frictionless motion.
- Technology Awards: First place goes to
Austin McCoyof Rochester, Minn., for his project on disease detection lab equipment for developing countries. Second place goes to Rebecca Bloomfieldof Colorado Springs, Colo., for her project on the effects of slope and remediation on post-fire sedimentation.
- Engineering Awards: First place goes to
Mihir Garimellaof Pittsburgh, Pa., for his project on digitally recreating smells. Second place goes to Sidhika Balachandar, of Gainesville, Fla., for her project on soundproofing.
- Mathematics Awards: First place goes to
Johann Kailey-Steinerof Denver, for his project on rocket design. Second place goes to Joshua Wentzelof Portland, Ore., for his project on homemade air cannons.
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 studying science and math through high school. Sponsored by
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