Washington State Students Selected as “Top 300 Nationwide Broadcom MASTERS Middle School Innovators”

These students represent the leading Broadcom MASTERS 2019 science and engineering fair competitors in the United States!


N. Krishna Kumar         Grade: 8, Jefferson Middle School

Project Title: Curae: a Smart Farming Greenhouse Monitoring System

 N. Nune         Grade: 6, Leona Marshall Libby Middle School

Project Title: Break it Down: the Solution to Plastic Problem

A. Singh         Grade: 6, Explorer Middle School

Project Title: Bioassay of Valerian, Ashwagandha, and Gingko as Alternate Tachycardia Medicines

Broadcom MASTER nominees are students grades 6 – 8 selected when participating in Washington State affiliated Fairs.

** Washington State Science & Engineering Fair (WSSEF) www.wssef.org

** Eastern Washington Regional Science and Engineering Fair (EWRSEF)  www.ewrsef.org

** Mid-Columbia Regional Science & Engineering Fair (MCSF)  www.mcsf.org

** South Sound Regional Science & Engineering Fair (SSRSEF)   www.plu.edu/scifair/  

The Broadcom MASTERS is the nation’s premier Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) competition for middle school students. The Broadcom MASTERS, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators to solve the grand challenges of the 21st century.

The 2019 Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS included:

  • A nearly equal number of girls and boys, with about 52% males and 47% females.
  • 199 students from public schools, 76 from private schools, 16 from charter schools and nine from home schools.

As the only middle school STEM competition that leverages Society-affiliated science fairs as a critical component of the STEM talent pipeline, the Broadcom MASTERS consists of the top 10 percent of 6th, 7th and 8th grade projects entered in Society-affiliated fairs around the country.

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS’ independent STEM research projects tackle a broad range of challenges such as:

  • Using machine learning and infrared technology to detect drunk drivers
  • Reducing ocean acidification using aquatic plants
  • Investigating the role of melatonin and Omega-3 in healing brain injuries
  • Using nanoparticles to improve air filtration systems
  • Examining the effects of vaping liquid nicotine, used in e-cigarettes

The Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS were selected from a pool of 2,348 applicants from 47 states, DC, and two US territories.  These competitors were evaluated by a panel of distinguished scientists, engineers and educators and judged on creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data and understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world. Each applicant was nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by placing among the top 10% of middle school competitors at Society-affiliated regional and state science fairs.

In recognition of their achievements, the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS will receive a prize package containing an award ribbon; semifinalist certificate of accomplishment; Broadcom MASTERS backpack; a Broadcom MASTERS decal; a specialized Invention Journal, courtesy of The Lemelson Foundation; a one-year subscription to Wolfram Mathematica software, courtesy of Wolfram Research; and a one-year family digital subscription to Science News magazine. In recognition of the role that teachers play in the success of their students, each designated teacher also will receive a Broadcom MASTERS tote bag and a one-year digital subscription to Science News magazine.

More information and the students’ names with a state-by-state breakdown of the Top 300 Broadcom MASTERS can be found at https://student.societyforscience.org/2019-top-300-masters.