Local middle school student a finalist in national STEM competition

September 22, 2014 Updated: September 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm
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Liam Young

A Colorado Springs middle school student at The Classical Academy, Liam Young, was selected as a finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS – a national science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competition. 

Liam is one of 30 finalists. Students won an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Oct. 24-25, where they will compete for a chance to win the top education award of $25,000. The rigorous competition will test their abilities in STEM subjects, teamwork and collaboration. Winners will be announced Oct. 28.

Liam received his nomination to compete due to his success at the 2014 Colorado Science and Engineering Fair in April.  Liam’s project, completed while he was in seventh grade, was titled, “The Bubble Effect: How Nozzle Induced Cavitation Reduces Surface Drag on Water Vessels.” 

The Classical Academy’s science department will receive $1,000 from Broadcom as a result of Liam’s selection.

A panel of scientists and engineers chose the finalists from among 300 semifinalists and 2,054 applicants representing 46 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

Broadcom Foundation sponsors the Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering as Rising Stars) to inspire students to continue their studies in science and math through high school in order to have college and career choices that enable them to become the next generation of engineers, scientists and innovators.

Through the Broadcom MASTERS, participants are encouraged to find and explore their passion through project-based learning and science fair competition.

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