Anyone between the age of 13 and 18
You can take part in this year’s Challenge as long as you’re:
- 13 or older by 11:59 pm PDT (West Coast USA) on October 10, 2016
- No older than 18 as of 11:59 pm PDT (West Coast USA) on October 10, 2016
We welcome submissions in English from anyone of those ages, including homeschooled students, students with disabilities, and students from all over the world. For additional details, check out the Rules.
To get the ball rolling, sign up here.
Apply (Applications will be taken starting September 1, 2016)
To apply, fill in the forms here, answer a short questionnaire about yourself, your school and your chosen Challenge topic, and submit your completed video.
Create a video (5 minutes max)
Select a theory, concept, or principle in physics, life sciences or mathematics. One that’s important to understand but challenging to explain.
Create a short video (no more than 5 minutes) to communicate the idea in an engaging, illuminating, and imaginative way. Be creative! Consider using visual tools in your video, such as animations, simulations, or physical demonstrations.
Submit a YouTube video link in your application and join our Breakthrough Prize Facebook page. Share your video on your own Facebook page too. Take part in the Peer-to-Peer review, where you get to view and score the submissions from 5 other contestants.
Looking for inspiration? Here are some of the top-scoring films from last year’s Challenge.
Submissions are due no later than October 10, 2016 at 11:59 pm PDT (West Coast USA).
Peer-to-Peer Review Deadline
To be eligible for the $250,000 scholarship, you must score at least five other submissions by Thursday, October 16, 2016 at 11:59 PM PDT (West Coast USA), during the Peer-to-Peer Review. You may also be asked to score additional entries.
The winner will be announced at the live televised Breakthrough Prize Ceremony on December 4, 2016.