Last updated November 9, 2017 at 10:34 am
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. The Breakthrough Prize was created to honor important advancements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. The Breakthrough Prize aims to celebrate the best scientific work and inspire the next generation of scientists.
Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (3 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.
This year the Australia/New Zealand region has managed to get not just one but two finalists through to the Breakthrough Prize finals in the popular vote category! Firstly, there is Jesse, 17, from Murwillumbah NSW. His video explains Holographic theory, and shows his passion for physics and advances in technology.
Also a finalist from our neck of the woods is Jack, 16 and his video explaining the immune system using cute little critter like cell animations.
Competitors can win big prizes for their school and teacher, as well as a scholarship to help further their education, so their winning entries could go on to help heaps of other Aussie students – community spirited and science explanation? That’s the kind of thing we love to see in young people.
Voting remains open until November 2nd, when votes will be tallied and the winners announced – fingers crossed for our Aussie finalists, you can vote to help them reach winning spots on Facebook here.
For more information about the Challenge, you can go to the Breakthrough Junior Challenge website.
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