Eight local students honored in national STEM competition Broadcom MASTERS recognizes impressive projects from the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair

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In recognition of their impressive research projects submitted for the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF), eight local students have been named among the top 300 competitors in the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS® — the nation’s premier science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) competition for middle school students.
When PRSEF was canceled in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all middle school participants were invited to apply to compete in the 10th annual Broadcom MASTERS, a program of the Society for Science & the Public. More than 80 PRSEF participants applied and joined the national pool of 3,476 applicants, the largest the competition has ever seen.
The eight local MASTERS selected from PRSEF participants are:

  • Jacob Collins, Ingomar Middle School
    • Project Title: Increase the Enthalpy! – The Use of Plasma-Assisted Combustion in Jet Engines
  •  Luke Hartman, Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School
    • Project Title: Working for a Good Night of Sleep – Relationship Between Exercise and Sleep
  • Aurea Hickenboth, Homeschool
    • Project Title: Effect of Insulation on the Temperature of Overwintering Honeybee Hives
  •  Valor Lekas, Hampton Middle School
    • Project Title: How Can We Predict the Effect of Human Pandemics on Recovering Species?
  •  Anne Lindsay, Freeport Area Middle School
    • Project Title: The Optimal Amount of Titanium Dioxide Needed to Reduce Bacterial Proliferation
  • Aneri Shethji, Marshall Middle School
    • Project Title: The Inhibitory Benefits of Turmeric with Ampicillin on Escherichia coli
  • Adhitya Thirumala, Dorseyville Middle School
    • Project Title: Developing an Early Screening Application to Detect Lung Abnormalities Using Machine Learning
  • David Thomas, Holy Cross Academy
    • Project Title: Effects of Vapes and Cigarettes on Platyhelminthes

Each of the top 300 MASTERS will receive a $125 award from the Department of Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (DoD STEM). Thirty of the top 300 will be selected as finalists by a panel of scientists, engineers, and educators from around the nation on September 16 to compete for over $100,000 in prizes.
Click here for more information on the 2020 Broadcom MASTERS.

About Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF)
The Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair (PRSEF) is an open competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics, and engineering that draws approximately 1,000 middle and high school students every year. PRSEF has been a Pittsburgh tradition since 1940, and is the third oldest science fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science and the Public, which runs the Regeneron International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) and the Broadcom MASTERS middle school competition. Learn more at PittsburghScienceFair.org.

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