Broadcom helped kick off a local grant program for K-8 teachers to boost project-based learning in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) subjects for the next generation of scientists and engineers.

The company recently hosted  the launch of the new grant program, called SYSTEMS (STEM-izing Young Scholars in Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Science), which featured a presentation by President and Chief Executive Officer Scott McGregor.

McGregor welcomed teachers and …


Editor’s Note: Broadcom Foundation established the annual Broadcom Global Community Heroes program to recognize civic engagement and volunteer contributions of Broadcom employees throughout the globe.  Each year, the Broadcom Foundation Board of Directors honors these employees with a foundation gift to a qualified charity in their honor. In this series on the blog, we’ll profile each Community Hero to share stories about their interests and work benefiting their communities around


At Broadcom, we strive to develop the innovative technologies that change the world. In doing so, we also work hard to make sure we’re a good corporate neighbor – within our communities, our industry and on the planet.

An important component of this comes from Broadcom’s community support efforts, whether through philanthropy or volunteerism. Today, we’re happy to unveil our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Scorecard for 2013, a self-audit of …


How to teach science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is a hot topic that draws diverse opinions from a variety of stakeholders — everyone from parents and teachers to politicians.

Paula Golden on TEDx Stage

Despite the varying views on how STEM education can be improved, there’s been a groundswell of support for promoting competency and enthusiasm for STEM subjects.

It’s central mission of the Broadcom Foundation to put STEM learning at the forefront.

The big …


Broadcom Foundation Executive Director Paula Golden was recently given a nod by the Professional Women in Advocacy (PWIA) conference for her work in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) advocacy and project-based learning at the state level.Paula Golden in red T-shirt

Last month she was included among an esteemed group of women honorees for her work in influencing state education policy and programs through the annual Broadcom MASTERS™ (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for …


Who better to introduce budding young scientists and engineers to the ins and outs of competing for a blue ribbon at the Broadcom MASTERS than a young scientist who has brought one back from the competition?

That was the purpose of a talk given by 2013 Broadcom MASTERS Science Award winner Keoni Gandall, who this week shared his enthusiasm for science, his project methodology and some tips for creating a …


Fall in Orange County brings the typical seasonal delights: shorter days, color-changing leaves and (finally!) sweater weather.

But for some locals, it also brings another unusual sight: Hundreds of pumpkins sailing across a grassy field, propelled by giant catapults. The flying gourds — which weigh between two and 10 pounds and soar distances between 100 and 300 feet – are the highlight of the annual Discovery Science Center’s Pumpkin Launch


As thousands of local students gear up for the Discovery Science Center’s annual Pumpkin Launch, they’ll face multiple challenges. That’s because there are many variables – some unexpected – that play a role in the success of a pumpkin not only getting airborne but also hitting its target.

Newton’s second law of motion comes into play, as does the shape of the pumpkin itself, explained Paul Pooler, Director of …


The message from the White House has never been clearer. The commitment to STEM education — science, technology, engineering and math — is critical to the future growth of the United States.

How strong is that commitment? Consider that, just hours before a 16-day government shutdown that dominated the attention of every citizen across the land, President Barack Obama kept one very important meeting on his calendar. On Oct. 1, …


Hanging out with a collection of the world’s most endangered reptiles isn’t a teenager’s typical after-school hobby.

Still, River Grace, 14, of West Melbourne, Fla., developed a fascination for the rare and endangered Malagasy radiated tortoises that have seen their numbers decimated by poaching and illegal trading. As a volunteer at his local zoo and a tortoise breeding facility, he got closer to the long-lived creatures and observed that, whenever …