Enter the Breakthrough Junior Challenge in 2022: Submission Window Now Open

Last Updated on November 19, 2022

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global competition for kids that encourages them to think creatively about science. Students between the ages of 13 and 18 from all around the world are asked to make and submit creative, short videos that bring an idea or theory in the biological sciences, physics, or mathematics to life. The student’s ability to express complicated scientific ideas in engaging, enlightening, and inventive ways is evaluated. The Breakthrough Prize Foundation was founded by Yuri Milner and his wife Julia Milner after they joined the Giving Pledge to encourage science and the transmission of scientific ideas.

Rules and Prizes of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Peer-to-Peer Review

You’ll be asked to participate in the peer-to-peer review process after you’ve registered and submitted your application, making sure it’s full and legitimate. You must evaluate and grade at least five films submitted by other participants to qualify for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge. Following that, you may be asked to examine and rate others’ videos.

Evaluation Panel Review

The evaluation panel is made up of world-class academics and scientists from all around the world. The top 75 videos from the peer-to-peer review process will be reviewed by the evaluation panel. Members of the evaluation panel will give each of these films at least another five reviews.

Through the popular vote, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge enables the entire world to participate in its judging process. The video with the highest popular vote score will skip the selection committee round of judging and proceed directly to the final round, where the winner will be determined. Visit the popular vote website for additional information.

Selection Committee Review

Finally, the top group of finalists, as chosen by the evaluation panel, will be reviewed and scored by a selection committee, which will choose up to five submissions for final consideration. For the final assessment and selection of the challenge prize winner, the winners of the popular vote will be added to this group.

Prizes

The winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge receives:

  • $250,000 post-secondary scholarship.
  • $100,000 for a Breakthrough science lab.

In addition, the winner’s teacher receives $50,000.

Yuri Milner’s Vision

The Breakthrough Prize was established by Yuri Milner and others to recognize significant advances in fundamental physics, life sciences, and mathematics.

Yuri and Julia Milner founded the Breakthrough Prize in July 2012, and Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan, Anne Wojcicki, and Mark Zuckerberg joined the following year. The Breakthrough Prizes are the world’s greatest scientific honors, with each laureate receiving $3 million in prize money. New Horizons Prizes in physics and mathematics are also available for younger scholars who have already produced substantial work.

2021 Winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge

The 2021 Breakthrough Junior Challenge was won by Amber Kwok, 18, of Mauritius. Van Der Waals forces and the Casimir effect are explained in Kwok’s video.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge awarded Kwok, her instructor, and her school a total of $400,000. Kwok received a $250,000 college scholarship and will begin her studies at Stanford University in the autumn of 2022.

How Interested Individuals Can Apply

Interested individuals who are 13 years of age by April 1, 2022, and still under 19 on October 1, 2022, can apply online by answering a few brief questions and submitting a completed video. Don’t delay! Final submissions are due by 11:59 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time, on June 25, 2022.

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