AAPS students among 30 finalists in Broadcom MASTERS—the nation’s top middle school STEM Leaders & Innovators.

Clague Middle School will be awarded $2000 to use towards STEM education. 

AAPS students Anita Gaenko and Akshar Cowlagi have made it to the Broadcom MASTERS top 30 finalists—the nation’s top middle school STEM Leaders & Innovators.

Akshar and Anita were nominated to compete in Broadcom MASTERS last spring by placing among the top 10 percent of middle school competitors at the Society-affiliated Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit.

The Huron High School freshmen and 28 other finalists will compete from October 16-21 in a rigorous virtual competition to test and demonstrate their mastery of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration in each of the STEM areas.

Anita and Akshar were nominated to compete in Broadcom Masters last spring by placing among the top 10 percent of middle school competitors at the Society-affiliated Science and Engineering Fair of Metro Detroit, where they won the grand award for their team project: “Not all that is yellow is turmeric: Designing analytical chemistry methods and photometric circuitry to detect lead chromate adulteration of turmeric.” 

Anita and Akshar were also awarded a $75 cash award by the University of Michigan Chapter of Sigma Xi and a prize packet from the United States Air Force. 

Earlier this month, Anita and Akshar made it to the top 300 selected students. Judging was based on creativity and originality of their science fair project, their ability to engage in analysis of data, and understanding of STEM principles as they relate to the real world.  Each received a set of prizes, including a $125 cash prize. 

A panel of scientists, engineers and educators from around the nation then selected the top 30 finalists.

Anita Gaenko

These finalists will receive a $500 cash prize and compete in the first-ever virtual finals event, encompassing multiple team challenges where they will compete for over $100,000 total in prize money.

In addition, Clague Middle School will be gifted $2000 to use towards STEM education. 

Akshar Cowlagi

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