Something truly amazing happened in the Broadcom MASTERS National STEM Competition this year: For the first time in history, all top 5 prizes were awarded to girls.
To add to that, this was not the only new milestone in the event that took place last month.
As it turns out, it was the first time more girls than boys were chosen to try out their strengths in the competition out of the 2,348 middle schoolers that participated.
All of the finalists were judged for their knowledge in STEM subjects and demonstration of 21-st century skills, including critical thinking, communication, creativity, collaborative skills, and teamwork. These are the top 5 finalists:
Gassler is a 14-year-old teenager from West Grove, Pennsylvania, who won the $25,000 Samueli Foundation Prize for her innovation in reducing blind spots in cars.
Clare is a 14-year-old teenager from Sandy, Utah, who won the $10,000 Marconi/Samueli Award for Innovation. Clare invented bricks that could be made on Mars so that space explorers wouldn’t have to bring their own building materials to the planet.
The 14-year-old Bergey is a teenager from Harleysville, Pennsylvania, who won the $10,000 Lemelson Award for developing a trap for the Spotted Lanternfly, an invasive species that cause damage to trees in Pennsylvania.
Ejiaga is a 14-year-old teenager from New Orleans, Louisiana, who won the $10,000 STEM Talent Award for her research on how current levels of ultraviolet light impact plant growth and performance.
MacAvoy is a 14-year-old teenager from Hillsborough, California, that won the $10,000 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Award for Health Advancement for designing a water filter using carbon that removes heavy metals from water.