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The Indian Prodigy Makes it to the Semifinals of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge 2017

Added: (Fri Oct 27 2017)

Pressbox (Press Release) - October 27, 2017—New Delhi—15-year-old Indian prodigy Samay Godika has successfully made it to the semifinals of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global competition organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation for students to inspire creative thinking about science, physics, and mathematics. The winner of the third annual challenge will take home $400,000 including $50,000 prize money for their teacher, $100,000 for a new Breakthrough Science lab for their school, and a trip to the Breakthrough Prize Award venue with parents or guardians.

The third annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge that took off in August this year had received a large number of entries. Samay is among the 30 semifinalists from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Indonesia, Peru, Venezuela, Australia, Brazil, Russian Federation, Costa Rica, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

The video—Autophagy: The Rosetta Stone of Diseases—by the Indian semifinalist is currently available on the official Facebook page of the Breakthrough Prize Foundation. General public can vote for it by the November 2 deadline. You can like, share, and react as well to help this video enter the finals. The video with the highest number of likes and positive reactions will be declared the winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

Click here to vote for Samay: https://www.facebook.com/BreakthroughPrize/videos/1908262625865751/

Out of many curious things in science that interest Samay, Autophagy fascinates him the most. In his 3 minute video, Samay explains key aspects of the same to the jury and public. He has very creatively illustrated his story in the video by using exotic animations and sound effects.

In its third year, the Breakthrough Junior Challenge is funded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Dr. Priscilla Chan.

“The Breakthrough Junior Challenge gives young people a chance to share their knowledge of math and science in a fun and creative way,” said Breakthrough Prize co-founder, Dr. Priscilla Chan. “When you share the things that truly inspire you, you inspire others to want to learn more. That’s what makes this challenge so special. Every student involved helps us build a movement towards a better future for science.”

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