MEET THE 2014 WINNERS
The Samueli Foundation Prize:
- Holly Jackson, 14, San Jose, Calif.
- Sewing Science
Grand prize winner Holly Jackson has loved to sew since the fourth grade, when she learned to construct dolls and clothing. She has long been fascinated with the idea of testing the strength and the best applications for various stitches. Using different fabrics and threads, Holly decided to test which type of lockstitch, a stitch made from two interlocked threads, would be strongest: straight, stretch, zigzag or three-point zigzag. She found that polyester thread failed, as hypothesized, and that a straight stitch was strongest on average. Holly’s project taught her stitch strength is crucial, and that it is important that a seam is as strong as it can be—especially in devices like parachutes and seat belts where a person’s life may be dependent on the strength of a seam.
She was selected for the Samueli Foundation Prize based on her mastery of STEM principles during the weeklong competition. Holly 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:
- Sahar Khashayar, 14, Laguna Niguel, Calif.
- Wildfire Early Warning System Using Computer Science
Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation winner Sahar Khashayar was inspired to study wildfire detection after hearing about Arizona’s deadly Yarnell Hill fire in 2013. She was moved to explore whether a mix of hardware and software could spot the early signs of a fire better than humans could. Sahar created a device using temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect the three main signatures of fire: heat, smoke and infrared radiation. She also wrote a program to send a warning via Bluetooth® to a smartphone if her detector measured any values suggestive of a fire. She concluded that deploying a network of her $60 early wildfire detection devices could save lives and property.
Sahar was selected because she 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 her 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
Annie Ostojic of Munster, Ind., (pictured, left) and Raghav Ganesh of San Jose, Calif., (pictured, right) win a trip to Intel ISEF, the world’s largest international high school science fair competition, in May 2015 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 how food could be microwaved more efficiently, and a new interactive add-on for a white cane for the visually impaired, respectively.
The Broadcom MASTERS Team Award was awarded to the White 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: first place Engineering Award winner Chythanya Murali, Caroline Edmonds, Ben Chrepta, Floyd Greenwood and Aditya Sivakumar)
2014 COMPETITION FINALISTS
Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public present the 30 middle school finalists who competed in the fourth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition. The 12 girls and 18 boys came from 13 states and represented 29 schools. The finalists won an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., and competed for more than $75,000 in cash prizes.
The names, geographic location and project titles of the 30 finalists is below. Winners, shown above, were announced on October 28, 2014.
|First Name||Last Name||City||State||Project|
|Muhammad||Abdulla||Melbourne||FL||Deterministic and Stochastic Analysis in Biomedical Engineering: Fractal Geometry vs. Brownian Motion|
|Nikhil||Behari||Sewickley||PA||Latencies, Haptics, & Passwords|
|Daniel||Bruce||San Diego||CA||Flight Initiation Distance: Human Presence Impacts on Lagoon Bird Response|
|Benjamin||Chrepta||Rochester||MN||Improving and Testing Robotic Arm Kinesthetics with the Use of Processing, Kinect, and Arduino|
|Joshua||Courtney||Baton Rouge||LA||Condition Factors in Fish as Bioindicators of Oyster Over-harvesting in the Calcasieu Estuary|
|Arnob||Das||Portland||OR||A Novel Biocompatible Medical Implant Material|
|Leo||Deng||Portland||OR||Development of Forest Fire Prediction Tool for the State of Oregon|
|Caroline||Edmonds||Fountain Valley||CA||Blink and Run: Flashlight Fish|
|Linus||Freyer||Pinecrest||FL||Who Wants to Eat Horse?: Accuracy of Meat Declaration in Lasagna|
|Raghav||Ganesh||San Jose||CA||A Low Cost, Adoptable, User Tested Add-on Device for the White Cane Facilitating Safer Mobility of the Visually Impaired|
|Makayla||Gates||Peralta||NM||Acoustic Levitation: The Wave of the Future|
|Alden||Giedraitis||Byfield||MA||Project A.I.P: An Introduction to Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Navigation|
|Floyd||Greenwood||Andover||MA||Selectively Breeding Nannochloropsis Microalgae to Become a Healthier Feed Stock for Freshwater Rotifers|
|Holly||Jackson||San Jose||CA||Sewing Science|
|Aditya||Jain||Portland||OR||It’s a Matter of Life & Breath: An Improved Automated Diagnostic Tool for Lung Cancer Solitary Pulmonary Nodules (SPN) Detection towards Population Based Screening|
|Gelsey||Jaymes||Mount Pleasant||SC||No More Oyster Roasts?: Effect of Increasing Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide on Oysters|
|Sahar||Khashayar||Laguna Niguel||CA||Wildfire Early Warning System using Computer Science|
|Rajiv||Movva||San Jose||CA||Preventing Excessive Blood Sugar Levels in Type 2 Diabetes Patients: An in vitro Inhibition Mechanism of Alpha-Amylase with Flavonoids|
|Chythanya||Murali||Little Rock||AR||Saving the Aquatic Ecosystem from Oil Spill Cleaning Agents: A Non-Conventional Approach|
|Caroline||Nolan||Stuart||FL||Filtering Agricultural Effluent with Fungal Mycelium|
|Jonathan||Okasinski||Harleysville||PA||To See or Not to See: A Foray into DIY Quantum Entanglement|
|Annie||Ostojic||Munster||IN||Wave Goodbye to Energy Loss|
|James||Roney||Santa Barbara||CA||Can Ant Pheromones Communicate Food Quality?|
|Hafsa||Saeed||Fort Pierce||FL||Nitrogen Levels from the Agricultural Fields to the Indian River Lagoon|
|Aditya||Sivakumar||Beaverton||OR||An Acoustical Investigation of Western Classical Music Theory|
|Talar||Terzian||Gainesville||FL||Churn It Up: Off-the-Grid Laundry Agitators|
|Katherine||Wu||North Potomac||MD||A Driver's Companion: Using EEG Waves and Eye Blinks to Prevent Drowsy Driving|
|Liam||Young||Colorado Springs||CO||The Bubble Effect: How Nozzle Induced Cavitation Reduces Surface Drag on Water Vessels|
Learn more about the 300 semifinalists.
U.S. BROADCOM MASTERS ALUMNI
Learn more about the past winners of the Broadcom MASTERS.