To advance science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education by funding research, recognizing scholarship and increasing opportunity.
POWER of STEM
The fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are collectively considered the core technological foundation of an advanced society and an indicator of a society's ability to sustain itself and prosper.
Broadcom Foundation supports STEM education initiatives that help teachers and students engage in project-based learning that is essential to developing problem-solving skills, independent thinking and individual creativity. Project-based learning is a critical component of the Next Generation Science Standards that incorporate engineering, science and math throughout the curriculum.
Broadcom Foundation partners with other non-profit organizations to advance STEM learning from early education through university post-graduate levels, supporting academic inquiry and fostering programs to motivate youth to pursue STEM careers. Through hands-on STEM learning, millions of students will have the ability to change the world by understanding how to turn the ideas in their imaginations into something real.
IGNITING THE SPIRIT TO INNOVATE
What does it take to turn a simple science fair project into a catalyst that propels a middle schooler towards a bright future in science, technology, engineering or math? At least part of the answer lies in access to passionate and qualified teachers and mentors, the motivation of competition, as well as the freedom to pursue hands-on subjects that pique the 11-to-14 year-old imagination.
Just ask Broadcom Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Dr. Henry Samueli. His seventh grade electric shop teacher gave him the green light to tackle the ambitious project of building a vacuum-tube short-wave radio he spotted in a Heathkit catalog. For nights on end he plodded away, assembling and soldering the radio until it actually turned on and worked.
Samueli, who went on to become a preeminent electrical engineer, inventor and renowned innovator, will always remember how his teacher's jaw dropped when he presented his work. The same teacher remarked, “Nobody ever gets it to work the first time!” Samueli said.
From that moment on, he was hooked. "That became my mission in life — to find out how radios work," he said.
But if he hadn’t been bitten with the engineering bug during those formative middle school years, he may not have gone on to earn his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he later became a professor. He may not have forged the amazing career in engineering that led to the founding of Broadcom Corporation — today an international Fortune 500 company with more than 11,750 employees. That singular "a-ha moment" as a middle schooler became his inspiration for the Broadcom Foundation's mission.
Broadcom Foundation, and the Broadcom MASTERS program in particular, aims to give middle schoolers their own positive experiences and encourage their burgeoning fascination with STEM subjects, just as they’re beginning to explore their career aspirations. The need to motivate students at this age is urgent. During their freshman year of high school, 28 percent of American students declare interest in a STEM-related field. By the time they graduate, 57 percent of them will have lost interest. Just four years ago, high school seniors were 50 percent more likely to report being interested in these subjects. What’s worse, in 2011 only 30 percent of U.S. high school seniors were even ready to take on a college-level science course.
Without qualified and motivated STEM-educated graduates, who will fill the more than 1 million job openings in STEM fields that the U.S. Department of Labor predicts by 2018? Nationally, we are not producing enough educated innovators to support the core of our economy or to help advance our society. Along with providing aid to public schools, through the Broadcom Foundation MASTERS program, we hope to foster a love for science and technology among middle school students that inspires them to excel academically, and sustains them through college and into challenging and rewarding careers.
Scott A. McGregor
President, Chief Executive Officer and Member of the Board of Directors,
Director, Community Affairs,
Vice President, Enterprise Risk Management,
Eric K. Brandt
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer,
Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary,
Broadcom Foundation files an annual Form 990-PF with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service to provide financial information and lists funds awarded during the fiscal year. These forms, as well as other public documents, are accessible through the links below.
Executive Director, Paula Golden
5300 California Avenue, Suite 14067
Irvine, California 92617
Telephone: (949) 926-9500
Fax: (949) 926-9244
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