DMS Student Named Winner in Broadcom MASTERS National Competition

Dorseyville Middle School eighth grader Annika Urban has been named a winner in the 2014 Broadcom MASTERS National Science Fair STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) competition for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders. Annika was named a second place STEM Award Winner in the Engineering category for her project and she won $2,500 to attend a STEM summer camp, as well as a new iPad. As one of only 30 students from across the nation selected as a finalist, Annika participated in the national competition in Washington, D.C., that included a personal meeting with President Barack Obama.

Annika showcased her science fair project, "The Stethophone," and competed in the four-day STEM competition October 24-28. Her project allows a patient to record and transmit breath and chest sounds to a physician through a cell phone, allowing for access to treatment at the exact time the patient is having an issue.

Annika was named a finalist in September from among 300 semifinalists and 2,054 applicants. She was chosen as a winner for her science fair project that she completed when she was a seventh grader. Prior to being honored as part of the national program, she won a second place at the 75th Annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair (PRSEF) in March 2014.

The Broadcom MASTERS is a program of Society for Science & the Public (SSP). MASTERS stands for Math, Applied Science, Technology, and Engineering for Rising Stars. The program is the nation's most prestigious STEM competition for United States sixth, seventh, and eighth graders.

The Broadcom Foundation inspires and enables young people throughout the world to enter careers in STEM through partnerships with local schools, colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations. The Broadcom Corporation is a global leader and innovator in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications. The Society for Science & the Public is one of the oldest nonprofit organizations in the U.S. dedicated to public engagement in science and science education.