Twenty-three middle school students from around the world visited the Samueli School of Engineering in May as part of the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars) International program.
The student delegates represented more than a dozen countries including Australia, Canada, China, Finland, India, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States. Broadcom MASTERS International provides a unique opportunity for select 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to spend a week in Southern California, participate in fun and engaging hands-on science and engineering activities and attend the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. These students were selected based on their excellence in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Samueli School Dean Gregory Washington welcomed the students to UCI, encouraging them to continue pursuing their interest and study in STEM fields. He also explained Anteater Engineering pride and taught them the Anteater “Zot!” hand sign and chant.
The students toured UCI’s Rapidtech and made 3-D models of their thumbs. At CalPlug, they took the one kilowatt hour challenge -- an obstacle course of four stations: hot air pong, X-box gaming, baking and a movie screening – and learned about the power consumption of everyday consumer electronics.
“It’s been great,” said one of the students from Australia. “The vibe is good. I’m learning so many things, and meeting people from different cultures who all share a passion for science.”