3 Indian students in finals of global science contest

Three Indian students have made it to the finals of the prestigious annual Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science competition for teenagers to share their passion for mathematics and science. The three Indian students are among 15 finalists, chosen from 12,000 students who had submitted engaging and imaginative videos to demonstrate difficult scientific concepts. Samay Godika, 16; Nikhiya Shamsher, 16, and Kavya Negi, 18, will be competing with the finalists for a $250,000 scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will get $50,000. The winner’s school will receive a state-of-the-art science lab worth $100,000. Nikhiya, from Bengaluru, was the top scorer in the popular vote contest with more than 25,000 likes, shares and positive reactions for her video on spacetime and gravity posted on the Breakthrough Facebook page. Nikhiya describes herself as an inventor and innovator. She has a patent pending on a home-based salivary diagnostic test for chronic smokers to detect the risk of oral cancer. Hawking radiation New-Delhi based Kavya believes that her video about Hawking radiation stands a chance to win. “I have been able to explain not just Hawking Radiation but also black hole explosion in three minutes,” Kavya said. Samay, a student of Class XI, has explored various aspects of the circadian rhythm in his project. “I zeroed in on this topic as it seemed to impact many facets of daily life, including things like my asthma, the difficulty I face getting up early in the morning, etc.,” he said. Samay wants to pursue a formal programme in neuroscience.

Source : https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-life/3-indian-students-in-finals-of-global-science-contest/article25243017.ece

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