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August 13, 2013 > Local students reach semifinals

Local students reach semifinals

Submitted By Broadcom Foundation

Three Fremont students were included among 300 semifinalists nation-wide who were selected to compete in the third annual Broadcom MASTERS - a prestigious science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition for middle schoolers. The students are: Mayuri Jayaraman, Hopkins Jr. High; Abheer Singh, Thornton Jr. High; Shrivats Kannan, Challenger School.

Mayuri Jayaraman - Project: Variables that Affect Reaction Times
"Being a competitive swimmer, my reaction time to the starting 'gunshot' noise is important in my overall performance. I was interested in determining some contributory factors that would help me react quickly at the beginning of a race. I hoped to find one variable among those we tested that would help reaction times so that I could further research on that. However, I am sure further research on this topic would uncover interesting and useful insights."

Abheer Singh - Project: Sensored
"One personal experience that impacted my choice of this project was a Junior Surgeon's course I took last summer. In this course I got the opportunity to dissect a cow's eyeball and learn all about the human eye. After taking that course, I was greatly intrigued by optometry. I also began to appreciate my eyes a lot more, and since then have tried to help the visually impaired at every opportunity I got including the Science Fair."

Shrivats Kannan - Project: The Effect of the Amount of Heat on the Efficiency of a Solar Refrigerator
"During a summer trip to India, I witnessed sweltering temperatures as well as 6 to 8 hour power cuts daily. Milk and vegetables stored in the refrigerator at home perished. The nearby supermarket struggled to keep its refrigerators running. When the power came back on, it did not stay on long enough to charge the battery in the power inverters. My grandmother was insulin-dependent and stored her insulin in the refrigerator. Several packs of insulin were compromised due to the extended power cuts. These experiences affected me deeply and influenced my decision about a Science Fair project idea."

From the 300 semi-finalists, 30 finalists will be announced on August 27 to receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., and participate in the next phase of the competition, September 27 - October 1.

"Broadcom focuses on STEM education at the middle school level because statistically there is a significant drop off in math and science during high school that can be prevented if students are encouraged to explore their skills early on," said Paula Golden, Executive Director, Broadcom Foundation and Director, Community Affairs, Broadcom Corporation.

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