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300 Young Scientists Compete for National Recognition and Top $25,000 Scholarship

At seven 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:

Rebecca Bloomfield, grade 8, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project A Slippery Slope: The Effects of Slope and Remediation Treatments on Post-Fire Sedimentation. Rebecca took 1st Place in Earth & Space Sciences and was the 1st Place Junior Division Best Project at CSEF.

Leah Fattor, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for her project Is Your Guitar Too Hot to Handle?. Leah took 4th Place in Physics at CSEF.

Johann Kailey-Steiner, grade 8, of Denver, CO for his project Rocket Design, Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow. Johann took 3rd Place in Engineering at CSEF.

Ellie Mackintosh, grade 8, of Denver, CO for her project Simply Mouthwatering. Ellie took 1st Place in Medicine & Health at CSEF.

Rahul Ramesh, grade 8, of Greenwood Village, CO for his project Constructing a Microbial Desalination Fuel Cell to Generate Electricity from Anaerobic Waste Water Sludge and Reduce Conductivity of Salt Water. Rahul took 4th Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Evan Savage, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project Artificial Selection of Microalgae Using Heat Stress: Improving Algae Biodiesel. Evan took 1st Place in Energy & Transportation and was the 3rd Place Best Junior Division Project at CSEF.

Melody Shellman, grade 8, of Aurora, CO for her project Can Fracking Cause Earthquakes? Investigating the Possible Effects of Fracking Fluids on Earthquakes. Melody took 3rd Place in Earth & Space Sciences at CSEF.

Tal Sneh, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project Starch Polystyrene: The Bigger Bead the Better? Tal took 2nd Place in Energy & Transportation at CSEF.

Lauren Sommer, grade 7, of Colorado Springs, CO for her project Would Newton Have Preferred an Non-Newtonian Bumper? Lauren took 2nd Place in Engineering at CSEF.

Peter Woodham, grade 8, of Boulder, CO for his project Molybdenum Disulfide as a Catalyst in Hydrogen Fuel Cells. Peter took 1st Place in Chemistry at CSEF.

and were selected from more than 1,500 entrants representing 253 middle schools across the United States and Puerto Rico. The 300 semifinalists represent 42 states 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.

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 27th. 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.

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