TAPinto Union will publish all three Union student videos on Thursday and Friday, June 20 and 21.  The first video, attached, is from Arthanious Shafik.

UNION, NJ – Three students from Union are among those who have entered the Khan Academy Breakthrough Challenge competition in which students share their insight on a scientific theory, concept or principal.  Contestants are required to submit an inventive video that communicates complex material in physics, mathematics or life sciences.

Union students Arthanious Shafik, Elijah Scott, and Stanley Go all entered videos for a chance at the top prize of a $250,000 scholarship.  The student submitting the winning video will also win a $50,000 prize for their math or science teacher and a $100,000 Breakthrough Science Lab for their school.

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According to their website, 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 that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. 

The Breakthrough Prize was created to honor important advancements in the categories of Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics. The Breakthrough Prizes were founded by Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan. The Breakthrough Prize aims to celebrate the best scientific work and inspire the next generation of scientists.

The students were required to submit their application and video by June 15.  A popular vote, “a chance for the world to participate in the voting for their favorite submission to make it to the final phase of judging”, will take place between September 5-20.  As a result of the Popular Vote, seven regional champions will also be selected.  Announcement of the winner and an award ceremony will take place in November, 2019.