The 2016 Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual, global competition for students, designed to inspire creative thinking about science. Students aged 13-18, from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit an original video (5 minutes max) that brings 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 the most engaging, illuminating, and imaginative ways.
One winner is recognized every year and awarded a $250,000 college scholarship. The teacher who inspired the winning student receives a $50,000 prize. The winner’s school also receives a state-of-the art science lab valued at $100,000.
Applications are now open and the submission deadline is October 10th.
For more information or to apply: https://breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org/
The new Innovation Academies application is now open through Sept. 22nd. Groups of teachers at the same school are encouraged to apply. Innovation Academies include STEM, STEAM, HIP (Humanities in Practice), PBL (Problem-Based Learning), and a new academy “Minds-In-Motion” which is impacting academics through physical activity. Additional information, academy dates, applications, and an online magazine showcasing these groups can all be found at this link: http://cobbinnovationacademies.weebly.com/. Please remember - if groups of teachers from your school are selected, the district covers the cost of substitute teachers.