Meet Twelfth grader Pinay Who Won The 2017 Breakthrough Junior Challenge.

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12-grader Hillary Diane Andales talks about what inspired her to make her prize-winning video on the theory of relativity and the equivalence of reference frames.


Like any scientist, Hillary Diane Andales from Tacloban City, Philippines, doesn’t bother by failure. Although her popular video about Feynman’s path integrals did not win the Breakthrough Junior Challenge last year, her new three-minute explainer of the theory of relativity and the equivalence of reference frames was selected as this year’s winning entry.


The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a worldwide science video competition where students between 13 and 18 years old explain the fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics and mathematics. Andales has won a scholarship worth up to US$250,000, a new science laboratory valued at US$100,000 for her school, designed by and in partnership with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and another US$50,000 for the science teacher who inspired her.


These new prizes add to the molecular biology laboratory she won last year for her school, the Philippine Science High School in Eastern Visayas, which was severely damaged by the 2013 superstorm Haiyan.

As a young science communicator, Hillary believes that her purpose in life is to
actively share the wonders of science with humanity.

Currently, her video has over 7 million views across all platforms.
Aside from that, she published a problem book on mathematics called “Math Quizzer: Upper Primary.” Now, she uses social media and her blog ( creatively to engage more people
in STEM.


She hopes to someday participate in research at the intersection of cosmology and particle

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