Minnesota students named semi-finalists in Broadcom MASTERS competition

Ten Minnesota students representing three Regional Science Fairs were named Broadcom MASTERS semi-finalists. Broadcom MASTERS is a program for the top 10% of middle school science fair participants in the country. From more than 2,050 students who applied to the program, only 300 students nationwide were named semi-finalists in the competition. Thirty finalists will present their research in Washington, DC.

Rochester Regional Science Fair

Pranav Anandarao, Friedell Middle School, Rochester
The Efficiency of Nano-Crystalline Titanium Dioxide Based Dye Sensitized Solar Cells Using Natural Dyes

Gaurav Behera, Friedell Middle School, Rochester
Peripheral Neuropathy Analyzing System

Ben Chrepta, Friedell Middle School, Rochester
Improving and Testing Robotic Arm Kinesthetics with the Use of Processing, Kinect, and Arduino

Andy Eggebraaten, John Adams Middle School, Rochester
A Study of Using Speech Recognition to Control a Robotic Hand

Twin Cities Regional Science Fair

Avni Jain, Central Middle School, Eden Prairie
Allergen Alert! An Innovation to Assist People with Finding Safe Food Choices

Zohair Khan, Al-Amal School, Fridley
The Effects of Thermal Insulation on Heat Retention: A Comparison of Popular Insulants with a Custom-made Corn Husk Insulant

Brittney Kuntz, Calvin Christian School, Edina
Differences in Chloride Concentration Levels in an Urban Stream by Season and Site

Karthik Papisetty, Wayzata Central Middle School, Plymouth
Natural Hazard Risk Model for Different Countries in the World

Emilia Topp-Johnson, Friends School of Minnesota, Saint Paul
Behind the Kernels: A Study of Five Fungal Endophytes and their Use in Biocontrol against the Common Maize Pathogen, Ustilago maydis

Western Regional Science Fair

Cameron Knoll, Park Christian School, Moorhead
Stop Treating Your Soil Like Dirt!