Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars) is a national competition for 6th- 8th grade students designed to inspire and encourage the nation's young scientists, engineers and innovators.
To qualify for the Broadcom MASTERS, students must place within the top 10% in a SSP-affiliated science fair. Nominees then enter the competition by completing an application explaining their science project and demonstrating their use of STEM principles.
After submitting the online application, 300 semifinalists are selected and 30 finalists present their research projects and compete in team hands-on STEM challenges to demonstrate their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity. The top winner is awarded the $25, 000 Samueli Foundation Prize.
In 2015, Annie Ostojic, 13 of Munster, Ind., won the $25, 000 Samueli Foundation Prize for her STEM knowledge, ability to collaborate, inspire and motivate others as a natural leader and innovation in the design of a more energy efficient microwave.