Updated Story: OSA Student Mikayla Lindsay Selected As Broadcom Masters National Finalist

Story Update:


Mikayla Lindsay, was notified late last week that she has been selected as a National Finalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS®.  Selected as one of 30 National Finalists, Mikayla is being recognized for her 2015 Science Fair project which studies the ability to make force fields.  In her Science Fair project she placed six various liquids on charged electrodes and found that the sugar water and the oil were the easiest to move and stretched out the best.  

Getting her inspiration from the Incredibles and Star Wars movies, when Mikayla mentioned the project idea to her father who is a chemist, Mike Lindsay, he told her it could not be done.  Mikayla was quick however to say, "Dad, I know that is why it is research!"  

Mikayla will head to California next month for the final competition and the chance to win $25,000.  While there, she will have the opportunity to meet fellow scientists and visit local technology centers. 

"It is the first time a student from the STEMM Academy has made it this far in the competition," said Neely Calhoun, the Okaloosa County School District's Science Fair Coordinator and Assistant Principal at the STEMM Academy. 

Good Luck Mikayla!

OSA Student Mikayla Lindsay Selected As Broadcom Masters Semifinalist

Okaloosa Stemm Academy seventh grade student, Mikayla Lindsay, has been selected as a semifinalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS®, a program of Society for Science & the Public for her Science Fair Project titled, Force Field Fact or Fiction.  This honor places Lindsay among a select group of 300 semifinalists named from more than 6,000 nominees throughout the United States. 

Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering Rising Stars), is the premier middle school science and engineering fair competition.  Society for Science & the Public’s (SSP) affiliated science fairs around the country nominate the top 10% of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students to enter this prestigious competition.  After submitting the online application, 300 semifinalists are selected and 30 finalists present their research projects and compete in team hands-on STEM challenges to demonstrate their skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.

In honor of Lindsay’s 2015 semifinalist status, she will receive a Certificate of Recognition, a Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist ribbon, a Broadcom MASTERS drawstring backpack, a Broadcom MASTERS decal, and a digital subscription to Science News Magazine and one year subscription to Mathematica+ software courtesy of our partners at Wolfram Research. 

To see Mikayla’s name among a complete list of the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists, please visit https://student.societyforscience.org/broadcom-masters-2015-semifinalists.

The next step in the Broadcom MASTERS takes place on September 2nd at noon ET, when 30 finalists will be announced from the 300 semifinalists. 

“Congratulations on your recognition as one of 300 national Broadcom MASTERS semifinalists,” said Allie Stifel, Broadcom MASTERS Program Manager.  “We wish you continued success and hope that you will pursue your studies in science and math throughout high school and beyond.  As a Broadcom MASTERS semifinalist, you have already proven your ability to succeed in these subjects, which will lead you to an exciting career in any field.”

Liza Jackson Preparatory School seventh grade student, Victoria Orcutt, has also been named a semifinalist for her project, SOS - Save Our Sand - A Study In Beach Erosion Prevention.

To learn more about Broadcom MASTERS, click here