Each year, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public issue a challenge to middle-school students throughout America: to dive into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects with an outstanding science fair project.

Students from across the country are answering the call. This year, Broadcom Foundation tallied a record number of applications for the Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering competition, with 2,054 young scientists and engineers vying for …


Teaching kids to code: It’s a cause celebre in the high-tech world, especially for fast-growing companies in need of homegrown talent. Industry giants including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are putting their names and philanthropic dollars behind the effort to build up the STEM talent reserve in a big way.

So what really happens when you teach middle school kids to code? It turns out that they get more …


Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and


Editor’s Note: Broadcom Community Heroes  recognizes civic engagement and volunteerism by Broadcom employees around the globe, who may nominate themselves or their colleagues for recognition under guidelines set forth by Broadcom Foundation. The Community Engagement Committee honors these employees with a $500 gift in their honor from a list of qualifying charities. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and


Inspiring students to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education that will lead to exciting careers is one of Broadcom Foundation’s most important goals. To foster life-long interest in science, math and engineering, today’s educators know that capturing a student’s imagination by middle school is critical to solidifying their commitment to essential STEM courses in high school.

Take Carolyn Jons, 16, who penned the letter below to the Broadcom …


The Raspberry Pi – with more than 3 million sold — has been put in the spotlight by tinkerers, hackers and hobbyists who continue to innovate with the tiny, bare-bones computer.

But many of its millions of fans don’t know the Pi’s original calling: a novel, cost-effective way of teaching students basic computer programming skills.

For a group of volunteers at Broadcom’s Singapore office, the Raspberry Pi (which sells for …


Take a stroll down Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, and you’ll see the names of some of the finest actors to grace the silver screen. Take a stroll down Broadcom’s hallowed halls, and you’ll see the names associated with some of the finest minds in engineering.

They are the shining stars in their field, the ones who have applied their intellect, ingenuity and discipline to have an impact at Broadcom and …


Saving water, lowering energy use, and tracking at the environmental footprint of the supply chain are all important parts of Broadcom’s corporate social responsibility efforts. But most important, perhaps, is transparency.

That’s the theme that takes center stage in this year’s Green Rankings by Newsweek. The rankings look at corporate sustainability and environmental impact practices at the 500 largest publicly-traded companies in the U.S. and around the globe. The …


The coming era of the Internet of Things, when billions of connected devices will depend on technology that enables them to be small, low-cost and low on power consumption, isn’t just about high-tech wearables.

While sleek smartwatches and futuristic eyeglasses are cool, connectivity technologies can have an impact on the greater good, too.

That’s what Kostas Galanopoulos, an electrical engineering graduate student, sees low-power digital sensors for healthcare — such as ultra portable medical …


Girls in ICT Day may have already passed, but its spirit was alive this week at the White House Science Fair.

From building electric dune buggies and flood-proof bridges, to improving the safety of city streets for pedestrians and full-contact football for players, the President was eager to meet with the creators of these impressive projects in the nation’s capital.

More than 100 students — from grade-school-age Girl Scouts