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March 12, 2013 > Broadcom finalists visit California Capitol

Broadcom finalists visit California Capitol

Submitted By Jennifer Baumgartner, Photo courtesy of Broadcom

On February 20, in honor of National Engineers Week, Broadcom Masters finalists visited the California Capitol to talk to lawmakers about the importance of STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Math) education.

Broadcom Masters, sponsored by Broadcom Foundation, is a premier national science and engineering fair competition, inspiring public, private and home school and after-school middle school students to stay with science and math throughout high school.

Fremont student Jessika Baral was among a select group that had an opportunity to meet with local Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski and present her project, "A Novel Way to Strengthen Eye Muscles and Enhance Peripheral Vision," for which she had been awarded the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation.

Assemblymember Wieckowski gave Jessika and the other Broadcom Masters students a tour of the Assembly Chamber floor. Jessika also spent time talking about the value of science fairs with State Superintendent for Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

The students traveling with the Broadcom team to the State Capitol were among the 300 Semi Finalists and 30 Finalists of the 2012 National Broadcom Masters who initially qualified as nominees at one or both of California's Regional and State Science and Engineering Fairs. To achieve this status, they competed against thousands of nominees throughout the other forty-nine states, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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