First place: Johann Kailey-Steiner of Denver for his project on reducing drag in rocket design.

Johann Kailey-Steiner earned a top award at the Broadcom MASTERS competition held in Washington D.C. from September 27 to October 2. Broadcom MASTERS is a program of the Society for Science and the Public created to inspire and encourage scientists, engineers, and innovators of the future. Johann was awarded first place in the Mathematics category for his project, Rocket Design Part 3: Exploring How Vortex Generators Affect Boundary Layer Airflow.

Johann was one of 30 students selected for this prestigious competition from 1,695 applicants nationwide. 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. In addition to monetary awards, the finalists were thrilled to be received at the White House by President Obama, who gave them a tour of the Oval Office.

Johann is now a 9th grader at Denver South High School and attended Grant Beacon Middle School when he entered the competition. Johann competed at the district and regional science fair levels and advanced to the Colorado Science and Engineering Fair (CSEF) for each of his three years at Grant, placing 4th, 2nd, and 3rd in Engineering at the state science fair level for his rocket design projects. Grant Beacon, a DPS Innovation school, receives $1,000 from the Broadcom Foundation and the Society for Science and the Public to further STEM education for middle school students. As an Innovation school, Grant uses blended learning classrooms that incorporate technology to provide customized instruction for all students. In addition, Grant provides enrichment classes that introduce students to subjects ranging from art to sports to dance to aerospace engineering.

Attached is a press release of the Broadcom MASTERS announcement of the 2013 National Science Fair winners and a photo of Johann and his project at the Science and Engineering Project Showcase held at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. More information about the competition and the winners can be found at:

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