Finalists

Thousands of students, from more than 100 countries, submitted videos for the 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Here are the 15 videos that made it all the way to be chosen as Finalists, including the top scorer in the first Popular Vote.

*Note: The video must be 3 minutes in length or shorter to qualify for the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

2016 winners

Superbugs! And Our Race Against Resistance Deanna See, 17 Singapore
Deanna See

Superbugs!
And Our Race Against Resistance

Deanna See, 17, Singapore

Acceptance remarks at the 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in Silicon Valley, CA:

If you try asking “why” enough times about something you’ve experienced, you’ll probably stumble upon a science concept that explains your question. It’s important to learn about the sciences to understand how the world really works. Going one step further, if we can’t find the right concepts to answer our question, that opens up a new area of science to investigate and find our own explanations for. Learning about science is not just important to understand our present world, but to improve what we know about it too.

At the moment I’m most interested in working on something in the life sciences, like bioengineering or biomedical sciences. I’ve always liked biology because of its close relationship to the concept of life, be it our origins or the processes in our bodies that allow us to live and breathe. I think there are lots of discoveries to be made in the life sciences which directly impact our lives, like discoveries that could end our race against antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The opportunity to understand our world more intimately, while finding new ways to improve our quality of life, inspires me to pursue the life sciences.

Quantum Entanglement Antonella Masini, 18 Peru
Antonella Masini

Quantum Entanglement

Antonella Masini, 18, Peru

Acceptance remarks at the 2016 Breakthrough Prize Ceremony in Silicon Valley, CA:

Since I was little, I have been a Harry Potter fan. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I answered without hesitation: "A wizard, obviously!" However, as years went by, I learned that unfortunately that career path wasn't an option... or was it? I think that physics is the bridge which connects our world to science fiction. That is why I really want to dive into physics and its applications in the development of technology – because for me that is where magic hides in our world.

Learning about the sciences is learning about the world – even about yourself, about your legacy. Nowadays, the world is more in need of scientists who are not afraid to make changes and discover the truth behind our existence. These subjects are important because they spark curiosity in people's minds. They force you to ask "how" and "why," but also to look by yourself for the answer. Science and math are all around us and we should not avoid them. I find it very sad when sometimes adults omit certain topics because they believe that their students will not be able to understand them. This is a terrible mistake. Make young minds struggle, in order for them to become richer in knowledge. Make young minds ask questions, so that they have the chance to look for the path of the truth. Make young minds think, because that is the best gift that a student can receive from their teacher. This is why I think that we should learn more about these subjects: because they make you a better person.

2016 Finalist Submissions

Path Integral: Perhaps the Greatest Generalization in Physics Hillary Diane Andales, 17 Phillipines
Hillary Diane Andales

Path Integral: Perhaps the Greatest Generalization in Physics

Hillary Diane Andales, 17, Phillipines

The Accelerating Expansion of the Universe Victor Cardenas, 15 Venezuela
Victor Cardenas

The Accelerating Expansion
of the Universe

Victor Cardenas, 15, Venezuela

The Second Law of Thermodynamics Owen Cuseo, 17 United States
Owen Cuseo

The Second Law of Thermodynamics

Owen Cuseo, 17, United States

Optimization, Limits, and Derivatives in 5 Minutes Diego García Figueroa, 17 Colombia
Diego García Figueroa

Optimization, Limits, and Derivatives in 5 Minutes

Diego García Figueroa, 17, Colombia

Optogenetics Alan Huang, 17 United States
Alan Huang

Optogenetics

Alan Huang, 17, United States

Wave Particle Duality: Quantum Mechanics Seung-Bin Joo, 13 Korea
Seung-Bin Joo

Wave Particle Duality:
Quantum Mechanics

Seung-Bin Joo, 13, Korea

Quantum Physics: The Nature of Matter Diogo Afonso Leitão, 14 Brazil
Diogo Afonso Leitão

Quantum Physics:
The Nature of Matter

Diogo Afonso Leitão, 14, Brazil

What if Dark Matter Wasn't Hard to Understand? Kaustav Mehta, 15 India
Kaustav Mehta

What if Dark Matter Wasn't Hard
to Understand?

Kaustav Mehta, 15, India

The Fourier Transform Aaron Morgan, 14 United States
Aaron Morgan

The Fourier Transform

Aaron Morgan, 14, United States

Quantum Physics Nicole Mut, 15 United States
Nicole Mut

Quantum Physics

Nicole Mut, 15, United States

Plasma Physics Sebastian Piedra, 18 Costa Rica
Sebastian Piedra

Plasma Physics

Sebastian Piedra, 18, Costa Rica

Gravitational Waves Davina Potkidis, 17 Canada
Davina Potkidis

Gravitational Waves

Davina Potkidis, 17, Canada

CRISPR: Rewriting Humanity Bradley Ritschel, 17 United States
Bradley Ritschel

CRISPR: Rewriting Humanity

Bradley Ritschel, 17, United States