Finalists

Congratulations to the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge Finalists – the top scoring videos from this year’s competition. Tune in to our Facebook page on December 3rd to see which one will be named the winner of the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

Hillary Diane Andales: 2017 Winner

Relativity & The Equivalence of Reference Frames Hillary Diane Andales, 18 Philippines
Hillary Diane Andales, 18

Relativity & The Equivalence
of Reference Frames

Hillary Diane Andales, 18, Philippines

Philippine Science High School – Eastern Visayas Campus

Bio:

Hillary Andales is from Tacloban City, Leyte, Philippines. In addition to winning the 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge and becoming regional champion for Asia, she also won the Popular Vote in the 2016 Challenge. She has been Division Finals Champion every year for the last decade in the Metrobank-MTAP-DepEd Math Challenge. Hillary has led the Regional Council of the Philippine Society of Youth Science Clubs and been a delegate at the Japan-Asia Youth Exchange Program in Science. She authored a mathematics review book for grade 5 and 6 students, and was a managing editor of her school paper, The Science Net.

Acceptance remarks:

Growing up in an academic family, I was exposed to the rigid yet fascinating world of scientific thinking. As a five-year-old, I remember arguing with my friends that pointing their fingers at a rainbow will not cut their digits off. At ten, I became intrigued about evolution and DNA replication. However, physics was special. At 13, I knew about quantum mechanics and relativity. I learned about a cat that was both dead and alive, a universe that came from almost nothing, and a Theory of Everything that is yet to be known. Maybe I can be a physics researcher so I could think about these problems. But after experiencing the Breakthrough Junior Challenge the last two years, I also discovered the importance of sharing physics with people. So maybe I can be a science communicator. Maybe I can become both! Physics is beautiful and I want to keep uncovering more of its glory; but I also want to share it with others. My future is clouded with uncertainty but I’m certain about where my heart leads me – to physics.

2017 Finalist Submissions

A Massive Discovery: The Higgs Boson Makena Binker Cosen, 18 Argentina
Makena Binker Cosen, 18

A Massive Discovery: The Higgs Boson

Makena Binker Cosen, 18, Argentina

The Many Worlds Interpretation (of Quantum Mechanics) Alexandra Erwin, 17 United States
Alexandra Erwin, 17

The Many Worlds Interpretation
(of Quantum Mechanics)

Alexandra Erwin, 17, United States

Autophagy Samay Godika, 15 India
Samay Godika, 15

Autophagy

Samay Godika, 15, India

Hawking Radiation Shannon Hutchinson, 18 United States
Shannon Hutchinson, 18

Hawking Radiation

Shannon Hutchinson, 18, United States

The Higgs Field Yash Kadadi, 15 United States
Yash Kadadi, 15

The Higgs Field

Yash Kadadi, 15, United States

The Intermediate Axis Theorem Ibrahim Kosgi, 16 United States
Ibrahim Kosgi, 16

The Intermediate Axis Theorem

Ibrahim Kosgi, 16, United States

Epigenetics Mia Lazar, 15 United States
Mia Lazar, 15

Epigenetics

Mia Lazar, 15, United States

Optogenetics Ian Shen-Costello, 16 United States
Ian Shen-Costello, 16

Optogenetics

Ian Shen-Costello, 16, United States

The Landscape Function: Making Our Brightest Light Brighter Yoochan Shin, 16 Republic of Korea
Yoochan Shin, 16

The Landscape Function:
Making Our Brightest Light Brighter

Yoochan Shin, 16, Republic of Korea

Air Pollution: The invisible threat to your heart Jenny Simon, 17 Spain
Jenny Simon, 17

Air Pollution:
The invisible threat to your heart

Jenny Simon, 17, Spain

The CRISPR CAS9 System Matthew Walak, 17 United States
Matthew Walak, 17

The CRISPR CAS9 System

Matthew Walak, 17, United States

Quorum Sensing Melissa Wang, 17 United States
Melissa Wang, 17

Quorum Sensing

Melissa Wang, 17, United States

BODY HACKERS: Friends or Foes? Beryl Zhou, 16 United States
Beryl Zhou, 16

BODY HACKERS: Friends or Foes?

Beryl Zhou, 16, United States

CART-19: A Breakthrough in Cancer Therapy Jeffrey Zhou, 18 United States
Jeffrey Zhou, 18

CART-19:
A Breakthrough in Cancer Therapy

Jeffrey Zhou, 18, United States