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St. Margaret’s freshman Parisa Khashayar was named one of the top 300 MASTERS in the 2018 Broadcom MASTERS program, a prestigious national STEM competition for Middle School students. Parisa is one of 300 semifinalists out of more than 2,500 entrants across the United States.

Parisa was honored for her “BlazeRunner” project developed last year as a grade 8 student and submitted to the Tartan Tank. It is designed as a “FitBit for firefighters,” working as a wristband with multiple sensors to better monitor the health and safety of first responders.

As a semifinalist, Parisa is eligible to be one of 30 Broadcom finalists, which will be announced later this month. Finalists travel to Washington D.C., in October to present their research and compete for awards, including a $25,000 top prize.

BlazeRunner is a wristband for firefighters which uses an Arduino microprocessor to connect four sensors—a heart rate monitor, motion sensor, gas sensor and temperature sensor—with a set range built in. The BlazeRunner alerts the command center if any numbers exceed a safe limit.
Parisa’s project has received numerous honors. She was the Jr. Sweepstakes Prize winner at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair, won the Innovation Prize at St. Margaret’s Tartan Tank competition in April, and was invited to spend the summer at the University of California, Irvine’s prestigious Wayfinder Incubator to further develop her idea alongside other entrepreneurs.

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