May 28, 2019

Breakthrough Junior Challenge

  • Crimson Education
  • Global
Multiple Competition Skill Building Other


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 (3 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.

$250,000 post-secondary scholarship
$50,000 prize for your teacher
$100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab

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Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range

Ages 13 - 18.



In 2017, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge had a total of 11,000 students from 176 countries registered for the competition.

Bangladeshi student in Abu Dhabi, Ayesha Ahmed, is the only competitor from the UAE who made it to the top 29. The competition is currently in the "popular vote" stage.

Each of the videos produced by the 29 semi-finalists has been uploaded on the Breakthrough Junior Challenge's Facebook page.

The top 15 videos with the most likes and shares will move on to the finals. Ahmed's video currently has 746 likes and 620 shares. Her video can be found here.

Participation Cost


Only production costs are incurred. Students can ask schools to borrow video and editing equipment.

Minimum Technical Skill Needed


Student should have basic experience and knowledge relating to script writing, directing, acting, cinematography, planning, budgeting, and so on. Teams could be devised around individual skills, but it would be valuable for students to receive assistance and training for this from experienced film consultants.

They should also be skilled scientists. The skills required to go beyond having scientific ability. In addition, students must be able to distill complex concepts into sound bites and short, relatable videos.

Time Commitment


The bulk of the time commitment would be spent on researching and doing pre-production work on the chosen subject, and then on editing. The student should devote significant time to this as having a professional, high-quality edit will improve their chances of success immensely.

Application Deadline

Submit a video online by June 25, 2020

Application Process Includes


As part of your entry, you must score at least 5 other submissions, during the Peer-to-Peer Review. You may be asked to score additional submissions as well.


In this period, the Evaluation Panel will score and judge the aforementioned top 75 submissions in accordance with the criteria set forth in the Rules.


In this period, Challenge staff will review and verify the submissions (up to 30) selected by the Evaluation Panel.


The Popular Vote is your chance to participate in the voting for your favorite submission to make it to the final phase of the judging of the Challenge. As a result of the Popular Vote, 7 Regional Champions will also be selected


The Top Scoring Videos from the Evaluation Panel review (up to 15), the Popular Vote Top Scorer & Regional Champions (7) will be announced on our webpage