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Broadcom Sponsors STEM Competition

STEM Project

In business, competition should help produce better products at lower prices. In educational philanthropy, it might just help students hone their science skills. Chipmaker Intel has for years sponsored the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Now rival semiconductor manufacturer Broadcom is getting into the act, T.H.E. Journal reports.

It’s spending $6 million over six years to fund a new STEM competition, the Broadcom MASTERS, which will focus on 6th, 7th, and 8th-graders. In its first year, the journal says, it expects 7,500 students from 350 science fairs across the country will be nominated for the contest. Judges will winnow that list down to 300 semifinalists and 30 finalists who will will next year gather in Washington, D.C., to compete for honors and prizes. The grand winner will receive a $25,000 education fund. Both Intel’s and Broadcom’s partner in these events is the Society for Science and the Public, a nonprofit that has been running science fairs for nearly 70 years. So it’s clearly a class act.

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