Goldberg’s project called “Building My Battleship” studied the effects of galvanic corrosion, which occurs when two dissimilar metals are in contact in the presence of an electrolyte (commonly saltwater). This type of corrosion was especially evident on the USS Independence in 2011. Goldberg conducted his procedure in science teacher Luke Ribaudo’s room over the past two and a half months, by using various rivets fastened into metal bars in a salt-water solution.
In addition, Goldberg was nominated to compete in the Broadcom Masters, a national science competition which will be held in Washington, D.C. Broadcom Masters is a national science competition for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students established to inspire and encourage young scientists, engineers, and innovators. As a nominee, Goldberg is in the top 10% of middle school participants in SSP-affiliated science fairs nationwide.
Following his nomination, he will be submitting an application with further questions regarding his project. Nominations will then be narrowed down over the summer to 300 national semifinalists, and then to a group of 30 finalists that will win $500 and a trip to D.C. for further competition.