Éabha @ the Broadcom MASTERS

Éabha @ the Broadcom MASTERS

What You See at the Broadcom MASTERS is a Whole New World!

By Éabha Kenny, May 2019

Hi, my name’s Éabha. I have just completed second year in the Convent of Mercy, Meán-Scoil Muire Gan Smál in Co. Roscommon. Last year I entered a project into a SciFest@College regional STEM fair which was held in the Institute of Techn20181109_153650.jpgology Sligo. My project was testing the effects of microwave radiation on radish seeds. I gathered 200 radish seeds and split them into groups of 4. I exposed 150 of the seeds to various lengths of microwave radiation. I planted them and took daily measurements. I was over the moon when I discovered I had won three awards.

One of the awards that I won was the Irish Science Teachers’ Association Award, which was the award that allowed me to enter the SciFest National Final in Dublin last November and to compete for the Broadcom MASTERS Award. There were five other students competing for this award and we each had three judging sessions. When I found out I was lucky enough to win a trip to the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) with the Broadcom, in Phoenix, Arizona, I couldn’t believe it! It didn’t set in until a few hours later.

It was amazing in Arizona! The weather was lovely, nothing like Ireland. There were 27 other students there, from all over the world. The Broadcom team brought us to different amazing places, like ASU (Arizona State University, where 2 of the cameras on the Mars Rover are) and the Desert Botanical Gardens (a garden with desert plants exclusive to the Arizona-Texas area). At ASU we were shown a 3D clip of the universe. At the Desert Botanical Gardens, we did some fun experiments. One of them was making a functioning water barrel.

On the last day of the Broadcom, we got to go to the Intel ISEF fair. We got to take a look at all the projects and get inspiration for future projects. They set up a competition for us as well. We had to look around for certain people and projects e.g. “My project showed how green tea can help fight cancer” and “I am a senior.” I made some great friends who I still talk to and I found a lot more to science than you would get in the classroom.

On Friday morning I attended the Intel ISEF Category Award Ceremony which was very exciting as the Irish students did very well. It was a long journey home, and I was tired on Sunday morning, but it was a brilliant week. I would like to thank the Broadcom team particularly Paula Golden and Raeva Ramadorai. I would also like to thank SciFest for giving me the opportunity to participate in the science fair in Ireland and as a result attend the Broadcom MASTERS International Programme. I would also like to thank my mum who travelled with me as my chaperone.

The Broadcom Award at SciFest is really a once-in-a-lifetime prize, because you can only go to the Broadcom once, even though you can compete in ISEF more than once. Anyone interested in science should definitely compete for the Broadcom Award through SciFest, and even if science isn’t your thing, you should still give it a try. What you see at the Broadcom MASTERS is a whole new world, and completely different to classroom work.

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