16-year-old Bengaluru boy wins Rs 2.92 crore for himself, teacher, and school in global science challenge

amay Godika, a 16-year-old student from a Bengaluru school won $400,000 or Rs 2.92 crore as educational prize money after winning the fourth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge’, a global science video competition based in the US.

A Boston native who now lives in India, Godika, who studies at the National Public School – Koramangala, won this year’s science video challenge with his submission on circadian rhythms in the life science category.

The award money is not just for himself but also for his teacher and his school, as per the announcement on the official website of the science challenge on Sunday.

What kind of video did Samay Godika submit for the science challenge?

They are 24-hour biological processes that can affect simple daily experiences such as waking up for school or jet lag, said Breakthrough.

Samay is particularly interested in the correlation between circadian rhythms and the effectiveness of medical treatments because he has family members who suffer from Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases.

How much award money are Samay’s school and teacher receiving?

Samay will receive a USD 250,000 college scholarship while his science teacher from class nine and ten — Pramila Menon — will get USD 50,000 prize. Menon had encouraged his interest in life sciences and tutored him after school to encourage his curiosity about scientific ideas.

Additionally, his school — National Public School-Koramangala — will receive a state-of-the-art science lab valued at USD 100,000.

They were among 15 finalists of more than 12,000 original registrants from around the world who submitted engaging and imaginative videos to demonstrate difficult scientific concepts and theories in the physical or life sciences.

More about the Breakthrough Junior Challenge

Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a global science video competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics

It a global initiative to develop and demonstrate young people’s knowledge of science and scientific principles, generate excitement in these fields and engage the imagination and interest of the public-at-large in key concepts of fundamental science, it said.


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