Bengaluru student bags Rs 2.92 cr prize for three-minute science video


Heart attacks mostly occur in the morning; many Olympic records were broken in the afternoon and asthma worsens at dawn. One wonders whether man is a puppet in the hands of time. A three-minute video created by Samay Godika, a sixteen-year-old school student, starts by raising these questions.

By giving the scientific explanations for these doubts, Samay won an award having a prize money of Rs 2.92 crore. The competition that earned Samay the prize is the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, an international science video competition. It has a prize money of 4,00,000 US dollars, which is equal to around Rs 2.92 crore.

A native of Boston in the US, Samay is now a student at National Public School in Koramangala, Bengaluru. He created a video dealing with circadian rhythm which explains the clock that controls the body functions for the competition. Samay submitted the video in the life science section with the help of his teacher. The video mainly dealt with the relationship between circadian rhythm and effectiveness of medical treatment.

The youngster will collect 2,50,000 dollars of the prize money. While his teacher Prameela Menon is to get 50,000 dollars, Samay’s school stands to gain an advanced science lab worth 1,00,000 dollars.

As many as 12,000 contestants from around the world submitted entries for the Breakthrough contest, of which 15 entries were selected for the final round. The video competition aims to develop creative thinking among students regarding the basic concepts of life sciences, physics and mathematics

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