Broadcom MASTERS Presents 8th Grader Georgia Hutchinson with Oversized Check During Woodside Elementary School Assembly

 WHAT:  Woodside Elementary School will be hosting an assembly in honor of Georgia Hutchinson, who was named the winner of the Samueli Prize in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS® competition with her invention of a Data-Driven Dual Axis Solar Tracker, a new type of solar panel that makes renewable energy more efficient and affordable.

Sponsored by the Broadcom Foundation, the Broadcom MASTERS, a program of the Society for Science & the Public, is the nation’s premier middle school science competition. As the top winner, Georgia will receive $25,000 and her middle school receives a $1,000 cash prize for its STEM program. 

As part of the competition, which took place in Washington, DC, in late October, Georgia presented her winning research project to judges and the public, and demonstrated leadership and team spirit in hands-on science, technology, engineering and math challenges with twenty-nine competition finalists to take home the top prize.

Climate change has been labeled as a driving force behind some of the worst fire disasters in California. This is a prime example of why innovative, clean energy approaches, like solar energy, are important in California and our nation.

As science fair season begins across the nation, Georgia is a role model for her mastery of 21st Century skills including the confidence to lead and ability to motivate teammates. As interest in science fairs has skyrocketed with the surge in STEM school programs and popularity of award-winning documentaries, Georgia’s mastery of 21st Century skills is an exemplar to the nation.

WHEN:                                Monday, December 10th; 11:45am to 12:20pm
NOTE: Media are invited to set up at 10am, before the event begins

WHERE:                              Woodside Elementary School, 3195 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062

WHO:                                  Georgia Hutchinson

                                             School Officials, including Superintendent Beth Polito

                                             Maya Ajmera, President & CEO of the Society for Science & the Public and

Publisher of Science News

                                             Paula Golden, President, Broadcom Foundation


VISUALS                             Check Presentation to Georgia Hutchinson and to Woodside Elementary School

                                             Photos of Georgia can be found here.

CONTACT                           Aparna Paul, Communications Manager, Society for Science & the Public