Nationwide, 30 out of 2,348 student applicants are selected as finalists for the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition. The program seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators.
Gardner will next compete in Washington, D.C., where finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend a summer camp, $10,000 awards and the top Samueli Prize of $25,000. Each finalist’s science teacher also receives a one-year subscription to Science News, and their school receives $1,000 to use toward STEM activities.
The next portion of the competition, held in October, will test the finalists’ abilities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration. Each finalist submitted an independent research project, focusing on topics including environmental and earth science, medicine and health science, electrical and mechanical engineering, microbiology, biochemistry and computer science.
Gardner’s project focused on aerodynamics and a prototype design that could improve the safety of modern air travel. Gardner and his brother Ian qualified for Broadcom MASTERS as eighth-graders at Franklin Junior High School after tying for first place in engineering at the 2019 Arizona Science & Engineering Fair.
(Information courtesy of Society for Science & the Public)
(Photo by Tim Hacker/Mesa Public Schools)