Broadcom Masters Competition-Jr. Division

LA County Broadcom MASTERS Semifinalists 2015

300 Semifinalists were selected from more than 2,230 applicants after each application received three independent readings and evaluations by distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. Nominees qualified to enter the Broadcom MASTERS by being among the top 10 percent of the participants at their SSP-affiliated science fairs.

  • Semifinalists hail from 226 middle schools in 39 states and American Samoa, and represent 127 regional and state science fairs across the U.S.
  • SIXTY-ONE of the semifinalists are from California, followed by Florida with 44, Texas with 20, Massachusetts with 13, and Oregon with 12.
  • TEN of the 61 semifinalists are from the Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair!

Los Angeles County Semifinalists:

Bowden, James Grade: 8
Gaspar De Portola HGM Middle School, Tarzana, California
Project Title: Antibiotic Resistance Development by Repeated Exposure


Carter, Sophie Grade: 7
Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, California
Project Title: Kinetics of the Inversion of Sucrose


Choi, Caroline Grade: 8
South Pasadena Middle School, South Pasadena, California
Project Title: Drugs in Our Waters Make Daphnia’s Hearts Flutter


Delgado, Justin Grade: 8
Magnolia Science Academy 6, Los Angeles, California
Project Title: Flying High: How Ambient Temperature Affects the Buoyancy of Helium-filled Latex Balloons


Gomez, Cameron Grade: 7
Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, California
Project Title: The Kenetics of the Inversion of Sucrose


Hammons, Nicholas Grade: 7
Parras Middle School, Redondo Beach, California
Project Title: Kitchen Synthesized Magnetite Nanocrystals for Removing Arsenic from Water


Liu, Benjamin Grade: 8
Dana Middle School, Arcadia, California
Project Title: A Novel Spiral Microfluidic Device for Urinalysis


O’Neal, Isaiah Grade: 8
Portola Highly Gifted Magnet School, Tarzana, California
Project Title: Plant Electrophysiology Investigating Trigger Hairs: How Does Stimulation of Trigger Hairs Affect the Generation of Action Potentials in a B52 Venus Flytrap?


Steckart, Chloe Blue Grade: 8
St. Timothy School, Los Angeles, California
Project Title: The Degradation of Ascorbic Acid: Effects of Electromagnetic Radiation, Convection, and Time (Oh Say Can You See…Vitamin C!)


Thuen, Johan Grade: 6
Sierra Madre Middle School, Sierra Madre, California
Project Title: Lights from the Sea: How Do Light/Dark Cycles Affect Bioluminescence

About the Broadcom Masters

Broadcom logoThe Broadcom Masters Competition, the nations premier science, technology, engineering and math competition for middle school students will be judged during the summer.

Middle school students are nominated to compete in the Broadcom MASTERS by Society for Science and the Public (SSP)-affiliated science fairs held during the school year. The 1st Place winner in each Junior Division category will automatically be considered to represent Los Angeles County at the Broadcom Masters Competition.  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 among the national entrants, 300 semi-finalists are selected, including 30 finalists.

The Los Angeles County Science Fair is pleased to announce participation in the Broadcom Masters competition, 2015

Download the attached Broadcom MASTERS overview and photo gallery that outlines the process for both students and teachers including key program dates and the alumni “words of wisdom”.


Selected students who are qualified (Jr. Division students that received 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ONLY) will receive a password in the nominee packet they receive at the awards ceremony from the Los Angeles County Science & Engineering Fair to participate; please be sure to complete the entire registration procedure before the deadline, June 17, 2015.

  • All documents that are included in the nominee packets are accessible via this url link:
  • For Rules and regulations and questions about Broadcom, click FAQs here
  • In order for you to access your online application, you will need to enter the password in your nominee packet.

Key 2015 Broadcom MASTERS dates

  • February 1, 2015 – Broadcom MASTERS Application Opens for Nominees
  • Spring 2015 – Science Fair Season; SSP reminders to fairs to nominate students, submit nominee lists online, and encourage students to apply.
  •  June 17, 2015 – Broadcom MASTERS Application Close
  • Summer 2015 – Semifinalist and Finalist Announcement – Finalists will be selected, announced, and awarded an all expense paid trip for both the student and one parent to Washington DC to attend the Finals (Society for Science and the Public)
  • October 1-5, 2015 – Broadcom MASTERS Finals Week in Silicon Valley

South Pasadena student and the  LA County Science Fair Junior Division winner, Raymond Gilmartin, took home the top prize and a $25,000 educational scholarship at the ceremony in Washington, D.C. on October 2, 2012.

Elan Filler of Rancho Palos Verdes also represented LA County as one of the top 30 finalistsLearn more about both students and their projects and goals below.

Finalists travel with one parent or guardian to an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C.  to compete in the program finals.  During this time, finalists present their original science fair projects and compete in team-based hands-on science and engineering activities. Finalist week tests their knowledge of science and engineering, problem-solving, teamwork and leadership skills. Top finalists receive  awards, prizes and scientific excursions.