Archive | October, 2013

Science Fair/Broadcom Resources

5 Oct

Here are some of the articles written about my science fair project and Broadcom MASTERS adventure recently.

Here are some links to articles about Broadcom MASTERS:
This is my blog where I talked about the trip every night as well as my adventures with the Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorms.  The blog has over 53,000 views!
This is the wiki that I created to help battle the infestation:
Here’s the video I created to teach others about the beetle:
Here is a PowerPoint I created about some of my favorite STEM activities:

Day 4 Part 2: The big awards ceremony

2 Oct

So, tonight was the big awards ceremony.  There were about 17 awards given out all the way up to the grand prize of $25,000.  But first, let me tell you about the rest of my day.

I had dinner with Eben Upton and Liz Upton.  Eben is the inventor of the Raspberry Pi computer and Liz is his wife who runs the Raspberry Pi website, blog, and Twitter feed.  Check out this article that they put on the website talking about Broadcom MASTERS.  Mrs. Upton also gave me some limited edition Raspberry Pi stickers!  They also gave each of the finalists their own Raspberry Pi.  I’m hoping to have each of the finalists guest post on my blog after they’ve had a chance to try out the RPi.

Our dinner was amazing.  Broadcom and SSP really did an absolutely incredible job making us feel special this week.  I also met an astronaut, got my picture taken with her, and got her autograph!  Now that’s the sixth astronaut autograph in my collection!  Her name is Jeanette Epps.  I’ll post that picture later, it’s in the digital camera, not the phone.

So, the big news is . . . . I now have an asteroid named after me!!!!!!  The MIT Lincoln Laboratory named an asteroid (or minor planet) after each one of us.  The asteroid’s name is “28720 Krystalrose.”  See below for a picture of the official certificate.

At the awards ceremony, I won one of two “Rising Star Awards.”  This means that I’ll go to the International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles in May and participate in the International Broadcom MASTERS event with kids from all over the world.  This experience in DC has been absolutely WONDERFUL!  I bet that Los Angeles will be just as good or better!

Well, it’s late, it’s been a long wonderful day, and I have a flight tomorrow.  So, I’m signing off for now.

Here’s the letter announcing the asteroid!

ImageHere’s Jeanette Epps’ autograph!ImageHere is my certificate for my Rising Stars award.

ImageAnd here is the official asteroid naming certificate.



Broadcom Day 4: I Met EBEN UPTON!!!!!

1 Oct

Today was another great day!  I met the inventor of the Raspberry Pi, Eben Upton!  He spoke to us, taught us about the Raspberry Pi, and even gave us a Raspberry Pi!  See the pictures below.

I was supposed to meet my congress woman, Barbara Boxer today, but because of all the stuff going on in Washington D.C. with the government shutting down and all, we didn’t get to.

We also went to Mount Vernon and saw George Washington’s mansion.  It was pretty beautiful!

Tonight is the awards ceremony so I’ll be blogging again tonight to let you know how it goes.



Day 4 (Part 2): Fun Team Activities

1 Oct

Wow, what a day!  I met the President of the United States!  But I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let me tell you about the rest of my day first.

First thing this morning, we got into teams and had to build a building that could withstand a hurricane and flooding . . . out of popsicle sticks!  Ours didn’t do so well, but it was incredibly fun!  Second, we had to create a propeller/fan blade that when connected to a motor (generator) and put in front of a fan would generate the most electricity.  Mine generated 1.13 volts!  See the picture of my fan below.  Then, we used film cannisters and alka seltzer tablets to make miniature rockets.  The goal was to get the “rocket” to go a specific height.  The, we built marble roller coasters out of foam pipe insulation.  My group’s had two loops, a corkscrew, and a jump in it!

Then, we went to the White House and I already blogged about that here.  To make a long story short, I met the president and shook his hand!

Then, we went to dinner and a “ghost tour.”  I was a little worried that the ghost tour was going to be lame, but it was more about the history of the area than about ghosts.  We came back to the hotel and played board games.

Tomorrow, I get to meet an astronaut!  And I get to meet Eben Upton, the inventor of the Raspberry Pi!  I cannot wait!!!