Danbury student earns top national science award

Danbury student earns top national science award
Posted on 09/05/2019

Gabriella “Ella” Brown was named one of the Top 300 MASTERS in the 2019 Broadcom MASTERS, a program of Society for Science & the Public. The eighth-grader from Westside Middle School Academy was one of 300 winners chosen from more than 2300 entrants across the country. 

Ella was one of six students awarded at last spring’s Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair for her project: “Design, testing, and optimization of Kombucha scoby-based biofilms.” There, she earned first place for seventh-grade Life Science. She was also an Urban School Challenge Awards Middle School Finalist and won the Peer-to-Peer Awards for seventh-grade Grade Life Sciences. It was at the fair that she also earned an invitation to the Broadcom MASTERS National Competition.

“We are always proud of our students, especially when they achieve at this level,” said Superintendent Dr. Sal Pascarella. “Ella is a model example of how our science curriculum challenges students to experiment, investigate and learn in a hands-on, researched-based environment. We are fortunate to have great faculty and facilities that show students that the possibilities are endless in terms of what they can achieve.”

On Sept. 18, 30 finalists will be selected from the 300 top MASTERS. Those finalists will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the Broadcom MASTERS finals week competition Oct. 25-30. At the competition, finalists will present their research and compete in hands-on challenges for top prizes, including funds to attend STEM summer camp and a Samueli prize of $25,000.