In October Audrey Glende flew to the Bay Area for a 5-day, all-expense paid trip to compete in Broadcom MASTERS, a national science and engineering fair competition for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Once there, Audrey and the 29 other finalists went through another round of judging at the Computer History Museum in Silicon Valley. The 30 finalists were then divided into six teams and participated in 3 full days of challenges and activities. They began at 7:30 am and went until 5:00 or 6:00 pm each evening. They were fortunate to visit Google, Tesla (where they were sworn to secrecy after seeing new cutting-edge technology), NASA Ames Research lab and Lucasfilms. They studied sea life in the bay while sailing on a research vessel. They also visited tourist hotspots such as Ghiradelli Square, the Golden Gate bridge and the Santa Cruz beach boardwalk. Audrey now has 29 great friends scattered all across the country. It was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that she will never forget.
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At age 12, Audrey Glende has found a way to help save lives — fish lives. (Courtesy of Society for Science & the Public) Every year the Society for Science and the Public hosts a national science competition for students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade.
The competition, called the Broadcom Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering Rising Stars (MASTERS), selects two outstanding projects for a grand prize of $25,000 and $10,000 and recognizes an additional 28 exceptional students for their work.
These 30 students compete against thousands of other students across the country to earn the prestigious title of Broadcom MASTERS finalist. This year's finalists were announced on October 6.
Check out how these pre- and early teens wowed the judges with their creativity, intellect, and astute knowledge of the scientific method. Be warned — these kids might make you feel a little inadequate!
1. Audrey Glende (12) wants to save the fish — in your aquarium.
At age 12, Audrey Glende has found a way to help save lives — fish lives. Glende realized that fish waste produces the toxic chemical ammonia that can accumulate to dangerous amounts in new aquariums.
But by introducing mulm — the unattractive dark brown layer at the bottom of fish tanks — Glende discovered that ammonia-fighting bacteria, which build up over time and are prevalent in older aquariums, could reduce the risk of fish deaths in new aquariums.