We are ecstatic to announce that Beryl Z., an 11th grader at our sister school, BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, has entered the Breakthrough Junior Challenge!  

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is an annual global competition for students to inspire creative thinking about science. Students ages 13 to 18 from countries across the globe are invited to create and submit original videos that bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.

What an honor to have Beryl represent BASIS Independent Silicon Valley, and subsequently all BASIS Independent Schools, in this renowned competition!

Now we need your votes—here's how you can help:

For 11 days, beginning on Monday, October 23rd and ending November 2, voting opens for the Breakthrough Junior Challenge and people around the world will be voting for their favorite video. Berly's submission will be featured as one of the top 30 videos on the Breakthrough Facebook page. Whichever video gets the highest combined total of Likes, Shares and positive reactions (Love, Haha, Wow) will be named “Popular Vote Top Scorer” and the creator will automatically be placed in the final round of judging.

Beryl wrote this note summarizing her experience and asking our robust learning community for their support:

My name is Beryl Zhou, and I am currently a junior here at BASIS Independent Silicon Valley who is crazy about biology! Recently I decided to take my passion for art and life sciences to the next level, by creating a clay stop motion animation that described a big idea in biology—body hackers (also known as viruses)! I took a chance, and decided to enter my video into a competition; but now I need your help. Please watch my video if you have a few moments, and leave a like, a reaction, or share my video on the Breakthrough Facebook Page by Monday, October 30th! Thank you so much!


Please check out her amazing video here. We know you will all find it as impressive as we doit is a true testament to the incredible talent of our schools' students.

Let's get sharing! If everyone in the BASIS Independent Schools community can watch her video, and like or share it on the Breakthrough Facebook page, we can see her through to victory!