A movie explaining Einstein’s theory of relativity won a $250,000 college scholarship for Ryan Chester, a Ohio 12th grader, reports the Washington Post.
Chester also won $100,000 for a new science lab at his school in the Cleveland suburbs, North Royalton High, and $50,000 for his physics teacher, Richard Nestoff.
“This is awesome,” Chester, 18, said in an interview. “Before, I was worried about graduating with debt, and I don’t have to worry about that now.”
The Breakthrough Junior Challenge asked young people between ages 13 and 18 to create short videos that communicated a big idea in science.
Google’s Sergey Brin, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and other Silicon Valley entrepreneurs created Breakthrough Prizes to reward achievement in physics, life sciences and mathematics.