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$6 Million Foundation Pledge Pushes STEM in Grades 6-8
Technological Horizons in Education -- THE Journal
Intel is being joined by a major semiconductor competitor in encouraging young people to pursue STEM careers. The Broadcom Foundation, founded last year and funded by Broadcom, has signed on with the Society for Science & the Public in a six-year, $6 million partnership to launch a new national middle school competition focusing on science, technology, engineering, and math. The Broadcom MASTERS will target students in the sixth through eighth grades with science fair and research activities.
In the program's first year, the two organizations expect that 7,500 American middle school students will be nominated from 350 science fairs and programs across the country. Judges will choose 300 semifinalists and 30 finalists to compete for regional and national recognition. Finalists will meet in Washington, DC in fall 2011 for a week of conducting projects together, visiting significant scientific sites, and judging. A top winner will receive a $25,000 education fund.