Local middle schoolers showcase STEM projects for $100k in prizes

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Four local students competed this weekend in a competition for the top young scientists around the country, at which a hundred thousand dollars in prizes were awarded.

Out of 30 finalists, four were locals: Kaien Yang, from Chantilly, Eleanor Sigrest, from Woodbridge, Santiago Stone, from Odenten, and Sienna Fink, from Perry Hall.

Broadcom MASTERS is the premiere science fare competition for middle school students. The project showcase took place Saturday, during which students discussed their projects with members of the public.

All finalists receive a $500 cash award and an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the competition, where they could win the following awards:

  • $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize, a gift of Susan and Henry Samueli, Co-Founder of Broadcom Corporation, Chairman of the Broadcom Foundation, and Chief Technical Officer of Broadcom Limited, for the student who demonstrates mastery of all STEM fields, and exemplifies how research, innovation, and teamwork come together to impact our everyday lives.
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement of $20,000, which recognizes the student whose work and performance shows the most promise in health-related fields.
  • $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation, awarded to a student that demonstrates prowess in electrical engineering.
  • $7,500 Lemelson Award for Invention, awarded by The Lemelson Foundation to a young inventor creating promising solutions to real-world problems.
  • First and Second Place Awards issued in each category of STEM will receive $3,500 or $2,500 respectively to use toward a STEM summer camp experience, plus an iPad.
  • Two Rising Stars in sixth or seventh grade will be named as delegates to represent the U.S. at the Broadcom MASTERS International next spring in Los Angeles. Delegates will attend Intel ISEF, the world's largest international high school science fair in May 2017.

More information about the finalists and their projects is available here.