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Lalitha Pingali, (Grade 9) represents India at Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S. in Pittsburgh!

This year, 25 top students from 20 countries gathered for a week in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania from 13 – 18 May for the Broadcom MASTERS program. Lalitha’s science project, ‘Stink Map: Monitoring Environmental Pollution by Detecting and Classifying Odors using a Simple and Easy-to-use Mobile Probe’ earned her the honor of participating in this esteemed program. Read about her experience below.

Lalitha Pingali
Broadcom MASTERS (Math, Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), is a premier science and engineering competition for Middle School students. The top 10% of Grades 6, 7 & 8 students participating in various science fairs across the country are nominated to enter this competition. 30 finalists (from 300 selected entries) present their research work, compete in team hands-on STEM challenges, demonstrating their skills in critical thinking, collaboration,communication and creativity.

Lalitha:

When I first walked into the Broadcom MASTERS orientation, I felt like I had stepped onto another planet. There were so many Middle Schoolers from so many different countries! As one of two Indians representing India, I was pretty nervous initially to talk to other delegates but I overcame that once I started interacting with them. I was fascinated and amazed by their science projects – from creating citizen science tools to narcolepsy support pillows to furniture made from peanut shell husk, there was an astonishing range of new ideas.

India at Broadcom M.A.S.T.E.R.S. in Pittsburgh
As the week went on, I acquainted myself with the delegates, and met some new people also: the crew of the Rivers of Steel ship, who loved to research microorganisms in water; the professors at CMU, who helped me build a radio; and of course, the Broadcom MASTERS team, who were totally awesome.
As I leave Middle School, it’s time to say goodbye to Broadcom MASTERS. However, the experience I got from this amazing trip was incredible. In fact, the only thing I missed was Inventuring!