Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2016 Competitions 
Status: CLOSED

Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2016

Deadline: October 10, 2016

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos (5 minutes in length maximum) that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The submissions are judged on the student’s ability to communicate complex scientific ideas in engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways. The Challenge is organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

Breakthrough Prize

If your video is chosen as the Winner you will receive:

$250,000 post-secondary scholarship
$50,000 prize for your teacher
$100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab
Plus a trip for you and a parent or guardian to receive your award at the live televised
Breakthrough Prize award on Sunday, December 4, 2016.


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

Life Sciences
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:


To apply or for more information:



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