Four CSEF Students Chosen as 2017 Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists

Very Good News!

Four Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair (CSEF) students have been chosen as 2017 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists.  From 2499 applicants, 300 semifinalists are selected for this middle school national competition. Now, we excitedly wait to see if they are chosen to be among the top 30 finalists who will go on compete in Washington, DC October 19-25. Finalists will be announced September 20. Learn more about the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition.



Anika Bhagavatula, Grade 8 (at 2017 fair)
Middlebrook Middle School, Wilton
Project Title: A Novel Method for Oil Spill Cleanup Using Biomass

Rachel Brooks, Grade 8 (at 2017 fair)
Christian Heritage School, Trumbull
Project Title: The Fabrication and Testing of Various Fruit Juice Dye-Sensitized Solar Sells with the Addition of Preservatives

Rachel Brooks at CSEF Finalist Judging








Anna Flaherty, Grade 7 (at 2017 fair)
St. Gregory the Great School, Danbury
Project Title: Wind Energy? I’m a Big Fan!

Anna Flaherty at Finalist Judging

Grace Flynn, Grade 7 (at 2017 fair)
Saint Timothy Middle School, West Hartford
Project Title: Green Tea: A Simple Solution for a Bananas Problem?

Middle school students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS Competition by Society for Science & the Public (SSP)-affiliated science fairs held during the school year.  Nominees enter the competition by completing an application explaining their science project and demonstrating their use of STEM principles – Science, Technology, Engineering and Math – in the development and presentation of their project.  From entrants nationwide, 300 semifinalists are selected, including 30 finalists.

These CSEF students were nominated for the Broadcom MASTERS Competition as a result of their strong finish in our 2017 state wide state fair.

Each year CSEF presents 32 invitations to top middle school finalists in all the fair’s categories. It is an arduous task to submit an application, akin to a college application, so “hats off” to our students for stepping up to the work.

The Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair is made possible by a grant and volunteer support from its presenting sponsor United Technologies Corporation and from industrial and individual supporters.  The 70th annual fair will be held March 12-17, 2018, at Quinnipiac University, Hamden.

To view the abstracts and awards that these students received at CSEF, click here

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