Two Conroe ISD students were among the top 300 semifinalists selected to compete in the sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s most prestigious Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
Although currently both freshmen at The Woodlands College Park High School, Jaimie Lee, representing McCullough Junior High, and Tanner Perry, representing Knox Junior High, join semifinalists representing 37 states, including 54 semifinalists from California; 41 from Florida; 28 from Texas; 17 from New York; and 16 from Pennsylvania.
The Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) rewards sixth, seventh and eighth grade students who follow their personal passions in science or engineering at 300 regional and state science fairs and inspires them to continue their studies in math and science throughout high school. As the students apply Project-Based Learning to the scientific method and the engineering process through hands-on challenges and competitions, they learn the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.
“Broadcom MASTERS inspires middle school students from all walks of life to envision their future as scientists, engineers and innovators. We are delighted to see growing interest in STEM fields among both girls and boys,” said Paula Golden, President of the Broadcom Foundation. “This year marks the Broadcom MASTERS highest competition pool ever, with thousands of nominees nationwide entering their research projects for consideration by prestigious scientists and engineers throughout the nation. Along with a high-five to the top 300 semifinalists, we want to send a shout-out to every nominee selected by fair judges around the country. You are all STEM champions and role models in your communities!”
Thirty finalists will be named September 20, and the competition is scheduled for October 27-November 2. The top place winner will receive the Samuel Prize of $25,000.