Arthur J. Villasanta – Fourth Estate Contributor
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has launched its third annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global student science and mathematics competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.
Students ages 13 to 18 from around the world are invited to create original videos (up to three minutes long) that illustrate a concept or theory in life sciences, physics or mathematics.
Entries will be judged on the students’ ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in the most engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The deadline for submissions is October 1, 2017.
Students must register to participate at www.breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org.
One winner will be recognized and awarded a $250,000 scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win $50,000. The winner’s school will also receive a state-of-the art science lab worth $100,000.
“The Breakthrough Junior Challenge gives young people a chance to share their knowledge of math and science in a fun and creative way,” said Breakthrough Prize co-founder, Dr. Priscilla Chan.
“When you share the things that truly inspire you, you inspire others to want to learn more. That’s what makes this challenge so special. Every student involved helps us build a movement towards a better future for science.”
Over 6,000 students from 146 countries registered for the competition in 2016.
The 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner will be recognized at the Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony in Silicon Valley this December. The winning student and his or her teacher will be announced and the first-place film will be presented during a nationally televised show.
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is funded by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, and Yuri and Julia Milner, through the Breakthrough Prize Foundation based on a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s donor-advised fund at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a grant from Milner Global Foundation.
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global initiative to develop and demonstrate young people’s knowledge of science and scientific principles; generate excitement in these fields; support STEM career choices; and engage the imagination and interest of the public-at-large in key concepts of fundamental science.
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