Wasatch County student from RMMS named finalist in national science fair
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Seventh grader Drew Becker of Rocky Mountain Middle School in Heber City, Utah is trading his backpack and sneakers for a suit and tie as he prepares to compete as a national finalist in the Broadcom MASTERS Science and Engineering Competition this fall in Washington, D.C., after participating in the Central Utah Science and Engineering Fair (CUSEF) with his award-winning project, “Fingerprinting Oil Wells.”

Becker was selected as one of 30 Broadcom MASTERS finalists from among 300 semifinalists nationwide, and 1,695 applicants in 43 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. As required of all nominees, he entered the competition by completing an application explaining his science project and demonstrating his use of STEM principles—science, technology, engineering, and math—in the development and presentation of his project.

On September 27, Becker will travel to the nation’s capital on an all-expense-paid trip to compete for more than $60,000 in awards. While in Washington, D.C., he will visit historical sites, meet Utah’s elected representatives, take part in an interactive programming session with a Broadcom employee, and attend an awards dinner at the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

As a part of the competition, Becker will showcase his project for the public, as well as compete in a team with other finalists to complete rigorous hands-on STEM activities.

“I am looking forward to the team challenges that we will have the opportunity to accomplish,” Becker said. “My science teacher, Mrs. Conlin, said that the team projects would be based around science and test how you can communicate with the other competitors and your leadership abilities.”

Winners will be named on October 1 in Washington, D.C. In addition to individual prizes, Broadcom Foundation will award each finalist school $1,000.

CUSEF is a science competition for students, supported by BYU’s McKay School of Education and the BYU-Public School Partnership. The annual event hosts over 850 students from grades 5-12 who have been selected by their schools to compete with others from Alpine, Jordan, Nebo, Provo and Wasatch school districts, including charter schools and home schools within the districts’ boundaries.

CUSEF offers a multitude of opportunities for budding science enthusiasts including one-on-one mentoring, cash prizes, and university scholarships. Award-winning CUSEF participants, such as Becker, may also go on to compete in prestigious national competitions including the Broadcom MASTERS competition.

Individuals wanting to learn more about the Central Utah Science and Engineering Fair or those interested in sponsoring an event or participating in the fair may visit cusef.byu.edu
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