Seventh Grader Wins Science Award

Courtesy photo  Shino Kawazu’s project earned her a place in the semifinals for the Broadcom MASTERS program of the Society for Science and the Public.

Seventh Grader Wins Science Award


A seventh-grade student at Nea Community Learning Center, Shino Kawazu, has won a place as a semifinalist in the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS (Math,
Applied Science, Technology and Engineering for Rising Stars), a program of the Society for Science and the Public. This honor placed her project among the top 300 middle school science and engineering projects in the United States out of more than 6,000 nominees.

Kawazu’s teacher, Daniel Pasker, inspired and assisted Kawazu with her science fair project.

“Working with Shino on her project titled, The Effect of the Position of Arms on How Well You Execute a Pirouette, was a great example of Nea’s project-based learning model,” said Pasker. “She not only incorporated math and science into her subject, but also used her language skills and passion for dance and the arts to complete a well-rounded project.”

The Broadcom MASTERS rewards sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students who follow their personal passions in science or engineering at regional and state science fairs. It inspires them to continue their studies in math and science throughout high school. As the students apply project-based learning to the scientific method and the engineering process through hands-on challenges and competitions, they learn the 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, communication and creativity.