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Fredericksburg home school student a finalist in world-wide science contest

by | Oct 11, 2023 | Schools & Education

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation has announced the Finalists for the ninth annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge – 15 remarkable students from around the world who created short videos illustrating major science concepts in the areas of life sciences, physics, and mathematics. One of which, Alyssa Childress, is a homeschooled high school student from Fredericksburg.

For the ninth year, students ages 13-18 were invited to create original videos that illustrated a concept or theory in life sciences, physics or mathematics. Alyssa’s original science video focuses on Myoelectric Prosthetics, which are used for hand and arm amputees. This kind of prosthetic picks up on nerve signals for your limbs, interprets what those signals mean, then reacts. Her topic choice stems from her interest in prosthetics and their functionality.

 The winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will be awarded a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will also win a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000.

 This year the Breakthrough Junior Challenge attracted more than 2,400 applicants. Since its launch in 2015, the Challenge has received 25,000 submissions from more than 200 countries. Submissions were narrowed down to 30 semifinalists, which represented the top submissions after two rounds of judging: first, a mandatory peer review, followed by an evaluation panel of judges

For the ninth year, students ages 13-18 were invited to create original videos that illustrated a concept or theory in life sciences, physics or mathematics. Alyssa’s original science video focuses on Myoelectric Prosthetics, which are used for hand and arm amputees. This kind of prosthetic picks up on nerve signals for your limbs, interprets what those signals mean, then reacts. Her topic choice stems from her interest in prosthetics and their functionality.

The winner of the Breakthrough Junior Challenge will be awarded a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will also win a $50,000 prize and the winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000.

This year the Breakthrough Junior Challenge attracted more than 2,400 applicants. Since its launch in 2015, the Challenge has received 25,000 submissions from more than 200 countries. Submissions were narrowed down to 30 semifinalists, which represented the top submissions after two rounds of judging: first, a mandatory peer review, followed by an evaluation panel of judges

 

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