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.
To help students think critically about American society, The New York Times has compiled 28 graphs covering topics such as healthcare, education, and income. Among the graphs are examples that show how the coronavirus pandemic complicated the inequalities deeply entrenched in our society, as well as laid bare and widened these disparities.
Whether users want to hone their quantitative skills or improve their knowledge of science and technology, the Brilliant app foriOS andAndroid devices creates inspiring, interactive learning experiences for children and adults alike. With free, curated weekly problems, they can gain timeless knowledge and apply their problem-solving skills.
The Mathematical Sciences Research Institute is holding a freeonline event for middle school and high school students and teachers on September 21, 2021. The interactive session, titled “Mathematics, the Key to a Hidden World,” will explore how mathematics helps us wonder at the world we live in.