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Sep 01, 2017

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Challenge to Explain a Big Scientific Idea

The annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge hosted by Khan Academy asks students to create a five-minute movie explaining a “big idea” in physics, mathematics, or life sciences. Students’ films can take any form: animation, “talking head,” documentary, dramatic reconstruction, or other. In creating their movie, students should keep in mind that video is a dynamic visual medium—using diagrams, simulations, physical demonstrations, and/or other types of media. The videos will be judged based on engagement, illumination, creativity, and difficulty. All submissions will be peer reviewed by the applicants. Students who participate are required to review five other videos and receive feedback from youth around the world. The video winner will receive $250,000 in a college scholarship. The teacher who inspired the winning student in the field of physics, mathematics, or life sciences will receive a cash award of $50,000 to be used as the teacher wishes. In addition, the winning student’s school will receive a $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab.

Deadlines: Challenge website opens on September 1, 2017, when applications may be entered. Check the website for submission dates and other deadlines.

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