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Friendswood Junior High Student is a MASTERS STEM Competition Finalist

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Eighth grader, Ganesh Venu, was named a finalist in the 9th annual Broadcom MASTERS STEM middle school Competition on September 18 held by the Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public! Venu’s project “Can Potassium Help Save water in Rice Production” discovered that it was possible to grow more crops while preserving water by increasing the crops’ potassium levels. This was a very impressive project because it focused on real world issues, and Venu may have found a solution for countries with little to no clean water. 

Finalists will be tested on their critical thinking, communication, creativity and collaboration skills in the next step of this competition in Washington, DC from October 25-October 30. During this week, the finalists will have a chance to showcase their project to the public at the University of the District of Columbia on October 26 from 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., and meet with government officials, too. The winners of the MASTERS STEM Competition will be announced at the “award ceremony on October 29 at the Shakespeare Theater Company Sidney Harman Hall.”

“Broadcom MASTERS, a program founded and produced by the Society for Science & the Public, seeks to inspire young scientists, engineers and innovators who will solve the grand challenges of the future.” The West Ranch community is incredibly proud of the exceptional schools the kids in this community attend. Great job, Ganesh!

SOURCE: Friendswood ISD, Student Science