Deadline: June 25, 2023
Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2023 – Worldwide (Win $250,000)
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science.
Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (2:00 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 and was founded by Julia and Yuri Milner as part of their Giving Pledge to support science and the communication of scientific ideas.
You get it. You’ve grasped an important scientific theory, concept or principle. Now can you share your insight?
An inventive video can get across complex material that would take pages of text to communicate. To take part in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, create a short video (2:00 – two minutes max) to explain a big idea in one of these fields:
- Life Sciences
Your film can take any form you like: animation, talking head, documentary, dramatic reconstruction, whatever. It’s worth keeping in mind that video is a dynamic visual medium – using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations etc. is a lot more effective than standing in front of a blackboard talking.
If your video is chosen as the Winner, you will receive:
- $250,000 Post-secondary scholarship
- $50,000 Prize for your teacher
- $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab
You can take part in this year’s Challenge as long as you are:
- 13 or older by 12:01 AM PDT (West Coast USA) on April 1, 2023.
- Not older than 18 (not yet 19) as of 11:59 PM PDT (West Coast USA) on October 1, 2023.
- They welcome submissions in English from anyone of those ages, including homeschooled students, students with disabilities, and students from all over the world.
The videos will be judged according to the following criteria:
How to Apply
You must submit your application and video no later than June 25, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (West Coast USA). As part of your entry, you must score at least 5 other submissions by July 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time (West Coast USA), during the Peer-to-Peer Review. You may be asked to score additional submissions as well.