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Local student wins award for post-fire remediation science project

Published: October 23, 2013, 4:40 pm, by Carol McGraw


Rebecca Bloomfield, a student at Palmer High School in Colorado Springs and Johann Kailey-Steiner from Denver earned top awards at the Broadcom MASTERS competition held recently  in Washington D.C. .

Broadcom MASTERS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public created to inspire  students who will become the  scientists and engineers of the future, a press release noted.


Johann was awarded first place in the Mathematics category for his project, Rocket Design Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow. Rebecca received second place in the Technology category for her project, A Slippery Slope: The Effects of Slope and Remediation Treatments on Post-Fire Sedimentation.

They were among 30 finalists selected from  from 1,695 applicants. The 30 finalists received an all-expense-paid trip to Washington D.C. to present their projects and to compete in a series of STEM (Science, Technology, Math, and Engineering) challenges.  They also toured the White House and by President Obama gave them a tour of the Oval Office.