Challenge

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 (3:00 minutes max) to explain a big idea in one of these fields:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences

This year, to celebrate the anniversary of 60 years in space, the 2021 Breakthrough Junior Challenge also includes an option to focus on Space Exploration – allowing students to share their passion for space by creating videos that examine our journeys of discovery beyond Earth. Read more about the Space Exploration option here.

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.

The videos will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Engagement
  • Illumination
  • Creativity
  • Difficulty

If you’re looking for guidance, you can see some of last year’s top-scoring entries here and below. But remember, to show ‘creativity’ your film should be as original as possible.

Watch Last Year’s Winner Maryam Tsegaye

Watch 2019 Winner Jeffery Chen

Watch 2018 Winner Samay Godika

Watch 2017 Winner Hillary Andales

Watch 2016 Winners Deanna See & Antonella Masini Accept The Prize

Here Are Their Winning Videos:

Watch 2015 Winner Ryan Chester Accept the Prize