300 Young Scientists Compete for National Recognition and Top $25,000 Scholarship
At nine middle schools across Colorado today, 10 students are celebrating their selection as one of 300 semifinalists of the Broadcom MASTERS competition - America's premiere science competition for middle school students. As the best and brightest young scientific minds in the state, each of these seven semifinalists, and their teachers, are honored for their dedication and achievement. A full listing of all 300 semifinalists can be found at Society for Science & the Public's web site.
This year's Colorado semifinalists include:
Kelcey Beckman, grade 8, of Castle Rock, CO for her project Visual Abnormalities and the Comparison of Paper Based and Computer Based Testing Using Color as the Variable. Kelcey took 1st Place in Medicine & Health at CSEF.
Ethan Coldren, grade 8, of Fort Collins, CO for his project Can You Predict the Weather by Watching Birds? Ethan took 2nd Place in Animal Sciences at CSEF.
Kendra Frieden, grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Pivotal Decisions in Solar Energy. Kendra took 2nd Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.
Emma Frantz, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Viscosity's Effect on Liquid Mediated Adhesion. Emma took 1st Place in Physics and was the 3rd Place Best Junior Division Individual Project at CSEF.
Lily Harris, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project A Risky Experiment: Does Your Grandpa Know More Than You Do About Risk? Lily took 2nd Place in Behavioral & Social Sciences at CSEF.
Kelsey Lindbloom, grade 7, of Salida, CO for her project Kitchen Wars. Kelsey took 2nd Place in Microbiolgoy at CSEF.
Eleanor Mackintosh, grade 6, of Denver, CO for her project Save Face. Eleanor took 2nd Place in Medicine & Health at CSEF.
Aleesa Muir, grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Analyzing the Deteriorating Effects of Acid Precipitation on Natural Landscaping. Aleesa took 1st Place in Earth & Space Sciences at CSEF.
Karin Smith, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Stealth Missiles? Threat Eliminated! Karin received an Honorable Mention in Physics at CSEF.
Evan Savage, grade 6, of Boulder, CO for his project Improving Train Aerodynamics. Evan took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.
and were selected from 1,476 entrants representing 251 middle schools across the United States and Puerto Rico. The 300 semifinalists represent 45 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico. These top young scientists, in 5th through 8th grades when their entry was submitted, won the nomination by excelling at their regional or state science fair. Each entrant submitted written essays of their science, math and engineering projects. Semifinalists and their teachers will receive prizes from Broadcom Foundation and Elmer's Products, the official classroom partner of the Broadcom MASTERS.
Elizabeth Marincola, president of Society for Science & the Public, said, "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. The Broadcom MASTERS inspires these important project-based pursuits."
Society for Science & the Public (SSP) is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the US dedicated to public engagement in science and science education. Established in 1921, SSP is a membership organization dedicated to building understanding and appreciation of science and the vital role it plays in human advancement.
Through its acclaimed education competitions and its award-winning publications, Science News and Science News for Kids, SSP is committed to inform, educate and inspire. For 70 years, SSP education programs have inspired generations of science enthusiasts, including Nobel Laureates, National Medal of Science recipients, and nearly 100,000 other distinguished program alumni. The Society believes that educating and inspiring the young scientists of tomorrow, whose vision will usher in new solutions to global challenges, is vital to the common future.
Following today's semifinalist selection, Broadcom Foundation and SSP will announce the 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists on August 31st. The finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC in October to showcase their science fair projects and compete in a four-day STEM competition for awards and prizes, including the top education award of $25,000 presented by the Samueli Foundation, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, a founder of Broadcom.