The Implications of the Special Theory of Relativity



Above is my submission for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, created by a partnership between The Breakthrough Prize Foundation, and Khan Academy. The challenge was to develop a ten minute video that explained a challenging theory or concept in a simplified way. The theory or concept must originated from the realms of physics, life sciences or mathematics. After submitting our own videos, the applicants were required to grade other’s videos. The top 75 rated videos would progress.

Through my involvement in the contest, the thoughtful and insightful comments left on my video, and my own perception. I have learned how to better myself in order to teach others. Next year, my video will include more visuals, and a different style. Going into the contest, I knew my “lecture style” of video was not the best, in terms of engagement. However, with limited time left, after spending more than half the allotted time thinking of a topic, it was my only option. The feedback I received has confirmed my preconceived notions, and I am currently exploring other options that will improve engagement.

While it may still be a year away, and not confirmed, I can’t wait to participate next year. The contest has also inspired me to create other videos. Using the feedback I received, I hope to make them some of my best videos yet.

Contest Link

Application Questions

Short story: analysis of the role of conflict (Lesson Plan)

Lesson plan (Mark, grade 8) Short Stories: The Friday everything changed, The Sea Devil (Inside Stories I, Second Edition, Kirkland G. and Davies R., Harcourt Canada Ltd., Toronto, 1999) Major conflict changes how a plot may develop, and without conflict there would be no … Continue reading

Looking Deeper into “Taming of the Shrew”

To fully understand the play “Taming of the Shrew” you must understand the characters. Each character has a different personality. Kate, for example, is bad tempered and does not like it when Petruccio tries to tame her. On the other … Continue reading

Taming of the Shrew (Act I, Sc. I)

Act I, Scene I, Lines 1-47 An introductory speech by Lucentio (son of the great merchant of Venice, Vincentio of Pisa) and his manservant Tranio. Vincentio has given permission to his son Lucenetio to travel to Padua to study “virtue, … Continue reading

No Pulse

Popular Science March 2012: Artificial Heart The problem? Over five million Americans suffer from heart disease annually and need transplanted hearts, but only two thousand hearts are available each year for transplant. Unfortunately not all hearts work with the host … Continue reading

Improving the Standards of Life

Imagine a world where people did not live beneath the poverty line or that there were no such things as third world countries. But unfortunately there are. With emerging technology things are becoming cheaper to produce and manufacture. And because … Continue reading