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Broadcom hosts educational competition

The Irvine-based company seeks to encourage middle school students to study science, technology, engineering and math.

By Karly BarkerPublished: August 16, 2011 01:26 AM

Irvine-based technology firm, Broadcom, is teaming up with the Society for Science & the Public (SSP) to host the first ever Broadcom MASTERS competition. The MASTERS, which stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars, is a national competition for sixth through eighth graders who are nominated to compete by their local SSP-affiliated science and engineering fair.

"Middle School is an important time in students' lives, a time when they begin to formulate ideas on what career paths to pursue. It is important to ensure they have access to science and engineering, not just the facts but the hands-on experience of learning about the world through scientific experimentation and understanding the engineering process,” said Elizabeth Marincola, president of the SSP.
Today, Broadcom announced 300 semifinalists from 251 middle schools nationwide. Thirty finalists will be selected from the group to travel to Washington, DC in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day science, technology, engineering and math competition. The top award is $25,000 from Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.

In a statement released earlier today the company said,
“Students who participate in the Broadcom MASTERS will be better prepared to meet the challenges of the future as tomorrow's innovators who lead the way with scientific breakthroughs, engineering feats and technological know-how.”

The company hopes the competition will ignite a passion in the students and encourage them to continue to study math and science in high school.

"Through the experience of a science or engineering project, a student can become inspired to continue with STEM courses throughout high school when many kids drop away from these subjects because they fail to see the connection to their lives,” said Paula Golden, executive director of Broadcom Foundation and director of Broadcom Community Affairs. “By sustaining middle school interest in these subjects into high school, we will increase the pool of scientists, engineers and innovators of the future."

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