Raleigh, N.C. – September 28, 2022
The North Carolina Science Fair Foundation, sponsor of the North Carolina Science and Engineering Fair, is excited to announce three North Carolina middle school students (6-8) are among the 30 national finalists advancing to the 2022 annual Broadcom MASTERS® competition as announced by the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science.
North Carolina had the fifth highest number of finalists selected to advance in the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) middle school competition.
Ankit Biswas from theMetrolina Regional Scholars Academy in Charlotte who analyzed carbon dioxide emissions in recent rocket launches, Elizabeth Shen of Davis Drive Middle School in Cary who applied patterns in how flowers grow to extending the lifespan of computer memory, and Aryaman Shukla of Hanes Magnet Middle School in Winston-Salem) who used the nutrients in harmful algae blooms into helpful soil additive.
Congratulations to each student as they advance to compete in Washington, D.C. from October 28 to November 2. NCSFF Foundation Chair, Tony Rice said, “We are excited to have our amazing North Carolina students advance in such a competitive field and know this will be another peak learning experience in their STEM journey. Also, thanks to all of our incredible teachers who inspire our students daily to engage in inquiry-based, STEM experiences.”
Finalists were selected from 300 semi-finalists. There were 1,807 qualified students from 35 states, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Finalists will compete for more than $100,000 in awards including the top Samueli Foundation Prize of $25,000. Each is judged on both their research projects as well as their demonstration of collaboration and critical thinking skills during team challenges, emphasizing the importance and value of teamwork in STEM fields. Each Broadcom MASTERS finalist receives a $500 cash award, their science teacher receives a one-year classroom subscription to Science News magazine, and their school is awarded $1,000 to use toward STEM activities.
Broadcom MASTERS is the only middle school STEM competition that leverages Society-affiliated science fairs as a crucial component of the STEM talent pipeline. Only the top 10% of students in sixth, seventh and eighth grade in Society-affiliated fairs are eligible to enter their projects into the competition.
During Finals Week in Washington, D.C., based on multiple team challenges and judging, students will compete for the following additional awards:
- $10,000 DoD STEM Talent Award, which will be awarded to a finalist who demonstrates excellence in science, technology, engineering or math, along with the leadership and technical skills necessary to excel in the 21st century STEM workforce.
- $10,000 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor creating promising solutions to real-world problems.
- $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, awarded to a student who demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator.
- $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement, which recognizes the student whose work and performance show the most promise in health-related fields and demonstrates an understanding of the many social factors that affect the health of communities.
- $5,000 Broadcom Coding with Commitment recognizes a finalist whose project and performance combines expert STEM knowledge and passion for helping or improving one’s community through computation/coding.
- First and Second Place Awards issued in each category of STEM of $3,500 or $2,500, respectively, to be used toward a STEM summer camp experience, with top awards in math from Robert John Floe, President Floe Financial Partners.
- Two Rising Stars in sixth or seventh grade will be invited to attend the Regeneron International Science and Engineering Fair, the world’s largest international high school science fair, as Observers.