Bring kids to the Broadcom MASTERS with a mini grant

Qualifying groups can get up to $500 for transportation and lunches for students

Max Du

Max Du, a Broadcom MASTERS finalist in 2015, shows off some chemical structures he put together. 

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What does an amazing, inspiring middle school science fair project look like? On Saturday, October 29, take the opportunity to find out. The 30 finalists for the Broadcom MASTERS (which stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) competition will show off their science projects to the public at the National Geographic Society in Washington, D.C., from 1 to 4 p.m. Children are encouraged to attend. And if you want to bring some kids to get inspired but need a little help, mini grants are available to pay your way.

Any school or non-profit that wants to bring a group of eight or more elementary or middle school students to see the projects can apply for up to $500 to pay for transportation and lunches. Just fill out this form.

Many children and teens that hear about a science fair may be unsure about where to start. Seeing other students show off their work can show them that a science project doesn’t require some high-tech lab. It can start in someplace as simple as the kitchen or backyard. All it takes is the right perspective.

The Broadcom MASTERS science program was created by Society for Science & the Public. It is sponsored by Broadcom, a company that builds devices to help computers connect to the Internet. The annual event brings together middle school students with winning science-fair projects from all over the country to Washington. The finalists show off projects in all areas of science, technology, engineering and math, from scolding showerheads to ways to catch cheaters.

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Bethany Brookshire was a longtime staff writer at Science News Explores and is the author of the book Pests: How Humans Create Animal Villains. She has a Ph.D. in physiology and pharmacology and likes to write about neuroscience, biology, climate and more. She thinks Porgs are an invasive species.