MEET THE 2013 WINNERS
The Samueli Foundation Prize:
- River Grace, 14, West Melbourne, Fla.
- Rain Dance of the Radiata: Behavior of the Endangered Radiated Tortoise and Related Species
Grand prize winner River Grace became fascinated by the behavior of tortoises through his volunteer work at his local zoo and a tortoise breeding facility. He observed that whenever it rained, a captive group of endangered radiated tortoises would rise up and shuffle rhythmically. River hypothesized that this behavior allows tortoises to avoid drowning in flash floods in their arid native habitat in Madagascar and tested their reactions to a gentle flow of water, light mist and a sprinkling of lentils. To support conservation efforts, River now plans to repeat the experiment on several closely related tortoise species.
He was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on his mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. River has exemplified how research and innovation are dependent on the integration of these disciplines as well as the impact they collectively have on our everyday lives.
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation:
- Eitan Acks, Age 14, San Diego
- Tongue Untwister
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner Eitan Acks was inspired to study speech therapy by his little brother, who has dyspraxia, a disability that affects the ability to communicate. Eitan wanted to improve on the simple exercises using tongue depressors prescribed by speech therapists. So he put his engineering skills to use building a better device to strengthen the parts of the body used in speech, and to mend the connection between those muscles and the brain. Through trial and error with five different prototypes, Eitan found that his device is capable of improving modern speech therapy for dyspraxia as well as other speech disorders.
Eitan was selected because he demonstrates both vision and promise as an innovator, and in the spirit of radio inventor Guglielmo Marconi, has shown aptitude and skill in applied electrical engineering concepts in his science project and in the STEM challenges throughout the week.
Each of these finalists (first- and second-place award winners) were selected for demonstrated skills and promise in each of the disciplines represented by STEM. First place winners received $3,500 and second place winners were awarded $2,500 to support a summer camp experience of a finalist's choice of STEM programs offered around the country. Each STEM winner also wins an iPad.
Rising Stars Award
Krystal Horton of Menifee, Calif., (pictured, left) and Sean Weber of Sequim, Wash., (pictured, right) win a trip to Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international high school science fair competition, in May 2014 as the United States Delegates to Broadcom MASTERS International, in recognition of their work throughout the Broadcom MASTERS finals, as well as their projects on beetle infestation, and the impact of waves on mussels, respectively.
The Broadcom MASTERS Team Award was awarded to the red team for demonstrating their ability to work together, solve problems through shared decision making, communication and scientific and engineering collaboration. Each received an iPod nano and wristband. (Pictured left to right: Grand prize winner River Grace, Seamus Hoolahan, Hannah Steele, Dhruv Iyer and Megan Swintosky.)
2013 COMPETITION FINALISTS
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the third annual Broadcom MASTERS competition. The 14 girls and 16 boys came from 17 states and represented 30 schools. The finalists won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for more than $60,000 in cash prizes.
The names, geographic location and project titles of the 30 finalists names are listed below. Winners were announced on October 1, 2013.
|First Name||Last Name||City||State||Project|
|Acks||Eitan||San Diego||CA||Tongue Untwister|
|Agarwal||Aakshi||Hamden||CT||TACE Inhibitors as Non-Biological Drugs for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis|
|Balachandar||Sidhika||Gainesville||FL||Can You Keep It Down?|
|Becker||Michael||Flower Mound||TX||Different Temperatures, Different Pitch|
|Becker||Drew||Heber City||UT||Fingerprinting Oil Wells|
|Bloomfield||Rebecca||Colorado Springs||CO||A Slippery Slope: The Effects of Slope and Remediation Treatments on Post-Fire Sedimentation|
|Burnett||Emma||Pittsburgh||PA||Elements of Fluorescence|
|Corn||Elizabeth||Tampa||FL||The Effects of Nanoparticle Size on the Antibacterial Effects of Zinc Oxide (ZnO) on E. coli Bacteria|
|Gandall||Keoni||Huntington Beach||CA||Engineering Pink Salt!|
|Garimella||Mihir||Pittsburgh||PA||ScentIt: Digitally Recreating Smells|
|Gonser||Caleb||Terre Haute||IN||Space vs. No Space: Competition for Oviposition Sites in Bean Beetles|
|Grace||River||West Melbourne||FL||Rain Dance of the Radiata: Behavior of the Endangered Radiated Tortoise and Related Species|
|Hoolahan||Seamus||Anaconda||MT||Feel the Power|
|Horton||Krystal||Menifee||CA||Agrilus Coxalis: The Gold Spotted Oak Borer|
|Iyer||Dhruv||Chandler||AZ||From the Playground to the Boardroom: Modified R-P-S Game as a Model for Negotiations with Constraints|
|Jones||Cameron||Portola Valley||CA||We're Jammin': Using the Jamming Principle to Construct a Universal Gripper|
|Kailey-Steiner||Johann||Denver||CO||Rocket Design, Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow|
|Kamat||Rhea||San Antonio||TX||Broccoli Power: Effect of Sulforaphane on Tadpole Development|
|McCoy||Austin||Rochester||MN||Designing and Validating Affordable, High Quality Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Laboratory Equipment for Developing Nations|
|Mohindra||Smita||Yorktown Heights||NY||Novel Strategies in the Treatment of Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency Using Sensors|
|Nolan||Caroline||Stuart||FL||Bee Happy, Bee Healthy: Improving the Health of Bee Hives|
|Sauer||Julienne||San Ramon||CA||Quantum Locking: The Future of Frictionless Motion|
|Sperry||Nathaniel||Falls Church||VA||When Carrots Turn Green... Literally!|
|Steele||Hannah||Bedford||VA||What's the Interplanetary Forecast: Can a Homemade Magnetometer Accurately Measure How the Interplanetary Magnetic Field Is Affected by Solar Storms?|
|Swintosky||Megan||Hatfield||PA||Novel Mutations in the FLCN Gene in Cases of Familial Spontaneous Pneumothoraces|
|Wallin||Brenna||Lexington||KY||Nuclear Nerka: Detection of Ionic Radiation in Pacific Sockeye Salmon|
|Weber||Sean||Sequim||WA||Strength of Mussel Byssal Threads vs. Wave Action|
|Wentzel||Joshua||Portland||OR||Going Ballistc! The Surprising Relationship of Reservoir Volume to Barrel Length and Reservoir Pressure in a Homemade Air Cannon|
|Womble||Grant||Tallahassee||FL||Blown Away by Biomimicry: Increasing the Efficiency of Wind Turbines through Biomimicry Enhanced Blade Design|
|Wu||Katherine||North Patomac||MD||The Association of Selling Sweets/Snacks at School and the Obese Rate at School|
Learn more about the 300 semifinalists.
U.S. BROADCOM MASTERS ALUMNI
Learn more about the past winners of the Broadcom MASTERS.