Mumbai Class 12 Student among Top 30 in Global Science Video Contest

Arunasish Sen Arunasish Sen
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A class XII student from Dhirubhai Ambani International School named Smayan Khanna features among the top 30 participants from across the globe in an international challenge for an explainer video he made on quantum computing.

Khanna, 17 years old, is among 5,600 students who participated in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science video contest where students created three-minute videos on wide-ranging topics. Including quantum tunnelling and the structure of the COVID-19 virus.

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In his video, Khanna explains quantum computing and quantum superposition principles in a manner that will help understand the scientific concepts of the matter. Khanna showed an interest in Physics a few years ago, and his teacher helped enhance that interest. Four years ago, Khanna started his science channel on Youtube known as The Science Biome.

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In his channel, Khanne published explanation videos on a number of difficult topics. “There are a lot of videos out there on scientific concepts but they are hard to understand. I wanted to bridge that gap in my entry to the challenge,” Khanna said.

Other Indians who are among the semi-finalists are Kavya Bhat from National Public School in Bangalore and Shaurya Sinha from Shri Ram School Aravali. The contestants will compete for votes and likes on social media until 20 September. Fifteen finalists, along with the top scorer, will be reviewed by a jury of experts. 

The winner will be granted a college scholarship worth 250,000 USD. The science teacher who guided the winning student will win a 50,000 USD prize. The school from which the winner hails will also receive a state-of-the-art science laboratory worth 100,000 USD.