Zain Syed Named National Semifinalist in Broadcom Science Contest
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Zain Syed, an incoming seventh grader at Crockett Intermediate School, was named Wednesday, August 15th, as a semifinalist in the Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. This honor places Syed among a select group of 300 semifinalists named from more than 6,000 nominees throughout the United States.
Syed competed this spring and took first place at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair for his project titled: “The Effect of Ibuprofen on the Growth of Grass.” Syed competed in the junior division (grades 6-8) in Plant Sciences.
Syed’s project presented an experiment that demonstrated the detrimental effects that medications have on the environment, agriculture, and the U.S. economy, after improper disposal.
Zain is the son of Seema and Ifteqar Syed.
The Broadcom Masters contest-whose name stands for math, applied science, technology and engineering for rising stars-was created in 2010 by the Irvine-based Broadcom Foundation to reward and encourage sixth-eighth grade students to continue their studies in math and science. The competition aims to encourage innovation through independent research, scientific inquiry, hands-on learning and teamwork.
“All of us at Broadcom are thrilled to congratulate each semifinalist who has achieved so much to make it to the Masters,” said Paula Golden, executive director of Broadcom Foundation. “Through science fairs, every student has a unique opportunity to showcase his or her science or engineering project to discerning judges and experience the give-and-take of competition.”
Thirty finalists will be chosen August 29th. They will each receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., in October for a live competition. The overall winner will receive a $25,000 prize.