Middlebrook eighth graders Anika Bhagavatula was named one of 300 semifinalists in the Broadcom MASTERS National Science competition on Sept. 6. The competition is a national competition for middle school students, sponsored by the Society for Science & The Public, designed to inspire and encourage young scientists, engineers and innovators. Last year, Anika and her teammates designed a product that used banana skins to clean metal out of water. Their project won Middlebrook\u2019s Shark Tank competition, and Anika decided to use the idea for her Middlebrook Science and Engineering Fair project. After winning best in fair, Anika went on to compete in the\u00a068th annual Connecticut State Science and Engineering Fair, where she won three first-place and two second-place awards and qualified for the Broadcom MASTERS. From a pool of more than 6,000 Broadcom MASTERS applicants, representing the top 10% of sixth, seventh and eighth grader, Anika completed an extensive application that required her to explain her project in detail and evaluated her understanding of science and engineering in everyday life. Although she was not named a finalist in this year\u2019s Broadcom MASTERS competition, Anika hopes to \u201cwork with a lab to do further testing of her idea\u201d and \u201cfile a patent for her invention,\u201d according to the Wilton Public School\u2019s News From the Schools newsletter.