YORKTOWN, N.Y.-- Yorktown Heights seventh grader Smita Mohindra was named a semifinalist in the third annual national Broadcom MASTERS science and engineering middle school competition.
Three Hundred semifinalists were selected from more than 1,695 applicants after rigorous evaluation and judging conducted by distinguished scientists, engineers and educators. MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars.
Applicants qualify to enter the Broadcom MASTERS by placing in the top 10 percent of the participants at their SSP-affiliated science fairs and winning the nomination.
Mohindra is only one of two semifinalists from New York State.
The field will be whittled down to only 30 finalists on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Finalists will compete in Washington, D.C. for the chance to win $25,000.
Some of the projects completed by the semifinalists include:
A Smartphone-Based Water Safety System
- Bee Happy, Bee Healthy: Improving the Health of Bee Hives
- WiFi Watchdog: Application to Observe the Indoor Mobility of Senior Citizens
- Magic of Matter: Subatomic Particles and the Mysteries of the Universe
- 'Happy Meals' or Healthy Meals: An Analysis of Kids Meals at the Top 25 US Chain Restaurants
- Meltdown: Developing a Predictive Model to Measure the Impact of Global Warming on Ocean Levels
- Bayesian Inference Model to Reduce False Positives in Mammography
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