Written by Minh-Thi Nguyen.
The National Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) is the most prominent science and engineering competition devoted to help middle school students follow their passion in multifarious areas of science and develop a hands-on experience of the scientific method and engineering process. From a range of over 2,054 applicants representing 123 science fairs across the country, Broadcom has selected 30 students to showcase their project at the heart of the nation’s capital in Washington D.C.. This year, we are proud to announce that two outstanding OCSEF students were named Broadcom MASTERS finalists: Sahar Khashayar and Caroline Edmonds.
Freshman Sahar Khashayar, who was an eigth grade at Fairmont Private School when she conducted her project, developed an efficient, low cost procedure for the prevention of fires both in local homes and forests. In her project, she modified various sensors with microprocessors to efficiently detect the assorted types of fires that are not usually recognized by conventional fire detectors, and created a Bluetooth module that directly connects to one’s phone in the case of an emergency. “It was a great experience, but definitely a difficult one as well; I…had no experience with C, I was basically learning as I went along,” Sahar admits. Through her engineering experience, she has developed an interest in design and mechanics. She hopes to continue her research in the project to “one day even enter in an even bigger science fair” sometime in the future. Apart from being an exceptional young scientist, Sahar is also enjoys drawing, writing, and debate. She looks forward to meeting other finalists in Washington D.C. and hearing their input on her project.
Our second finalist, Caroline Edmonds, is a seventh grader from Talbert Middle School in Fountain Valley. “She was thrilled with the announcement and speechless at first as she just kept smiling,” her mother tells us. As an active volunteer at the Aquarium of the Pacific since the age of nine, Caroline was inspired by her experiences at the annual Ocean Explorations 2020, a series of discussions regarding marine biology. In her experiment, she conducted a study of the flashlight fish at the aquarium, extensively documenting their ability to cover and uncover the bioluminescent patches under their eyes. Qualitatively, Caroline meticulously recorded all flashlight fish behavior through her narrations in video footages, and discovered that the fish lit up most frequently during feeding time. “This experiment made me more passionate about ocean science, so I would like to be a deep sea biologist or ecologist,” says Caroline. She hopes to extend her project with the collection of further data and observations to fully comprehend the nature of flashlight fish. Her future projects also include the study of marine pollution and the operation of ROVs.
Congratulations to these two extraordinary students, and we wish them the best of luck in Washington D.C.