Advancing in National Contest

Rocky Point High School freshman Bryant Michael Liu has been named the only Long Island finalist in the 2015 Broadcom MASTERS middle school science competition and will now compete in the final round of judging in California this October.

Bryant was selected for this honor based on his 2014-15 science fair project, “The Effects of Pretreatment on the Release of Simple Sugars from Plant Fallen Leaves,” which he completed as part of the middle school’s science research program last school year. He recently visited with the current eighth-grade middle school science research class, along with fellow freshman and contest semifinalist Paul Leheste. Both students shared their projects and spoke about the processes they undertook to complete the research.

During this national event, Bryant will present his original research project to judges and the public and will compete in hands-on STEM challenges with his fellow finalists. As a finalist, Bryant will receive $500 and could win other prizes through the competition performance, including trips to STEM summer camps, iPads, or even the top award of $25,000.

More than 2,200 students entered this year’s competition, each representing the top 10 percent of projects at their local science fairs, and only 30 finalists were selected.

In recognition of the school’s support of Bryant, Broadcom Foundation and Society for Science & the Public awarded Rocky Point Middle School $1,000 to support science, math or engineering education.