2016 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists

 

Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars, better known as Broadcom MASTERS, is one of the most prestigious science and engineering competitions for middle schoolers. 

 

From February 1st, 2016, the top 10% of all projects throughout the nation were selected as nominees to enter in Broadcom MASTERS. Until June 15, hundred of science fair participants filled out an online application, vying to be one of only 300 semifinalists. 

 

On September 6th, a total of nine participants from OCSEF out of the 54 total from California were announced to be moving on to the semifinals. In this sixth annual Broadcom MASTERS competition, these nine students from Orange County are competing with the other semifinalists for a chance to become a top 30 finalist.

 

Emily Hsi, a sixth grader form Turtle Rock Elementary School, was selected as a Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist. Through her experience in science fair on increasing the longevity of cut roses, Hsi only wanted to "make the world a little bit better by testing to see if roses, something that everyone loves, could last longer."  Throughout this process "the most important lesson is that science isn't just about experiments but also about effort and new discoveries," Hsi reminds.

 

On September 20th, these 9 students will know if they were selected to move on to the final competition in Washington, DC, competing for the $25,000 Samueli Prize. 

 

 

 

SEMIFINALISTS

 

Fairmont Private School

Sasha Leila Ronaghi (8th Grade)

Irvine, California 

Solving Ethiopia’s Water Crisis: Using a Water Filter to Remove Excess Fluoride

 

 

Fairmont Private School

Ethan Sun Zuo (6th Grade)

Irvine, California 

The Effect of Parachute Size and Number on Spacecraft Acceleration During Descent

 

 

Jeffery Trail Middle School

Swethasai Palakur (7th Grade)

Irvine, California 

Were Micelles or Vesicles Really the First Protobionts: A Study on Abiogenesis and the Origins of Life

 

 

Ladera Ranch Middle School

Suhina Sharma (7th Grade)

Ladera Ranch, California

TempBot – Device Preventing Febrile Seizures and Other Fatal Complicationsby Monitoring Sudden Rise in Body Temperatures

 

 

Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

Alexis Hannah Kim (8th Grade)

Irvine, California 

The Effect of Ascorbic Acid and Phosphate on Copper Corrosion

 

 

Turtle Rock Elementary

Emily Autumn Hsi (6th Grade)

Irvine, California 

Increasing the Longevity of Cut Roses

 

 

Vista Verde

Marta Meinardi (7th Grade)

Irvine, California 

The Effects of Pollution on Pyrocystis fusiformis

 

 

Vista Verde

Hiromi Kay Nishida (7th Grade)

Irvine, California 

Artificial Hormones Disrupt Noncompetitive Root Growth Patterns in Sibling Plants

 

 

Vista Verde

Clara Rose Szalay (7th Grade)

Irvine, California 

Artificial Hormones Disrupt Noncompetitive Root Growth Patterns in Sibling Plants

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