With Armani Adams’ passion for science and school pride, he is hoping to be victorious in this year’s Breakthrough Junior Challenge competition.
The annual competition is for students to get creative about sharing and educating others on mathematical/scientific concepts about which they are passionate.
In an interview with Guardian Media, the Queen’s Royal College student enthusiastically explained why he wanted to discuss the theory behind light.
“When you learn about the electromagnetic spectrum, you realize that light isn't what you see. It's a whole range of frequencies and different types that we can't see with our eyes, but we still use every day… A packet of energy called a photon... And it's also an electromagnetic wave moving at the speed of light. Nothing in this universe travels faster than light and photons. So, I found it really cool to share with the rest of the world,” Adams’ said.
Adams is currently in Form 6 and shared that he had to balance his academic examination schedule in order to find time for him to script, film and edit his video submission.
A screenshot of Armani Adams' video submission to the global science communication competition "Breakthrough Junior Challenge", in which he discusses the Theory of Light. [Image courtesy Armani Adams]
The global competition is structured so that there are various winners in different categories. Adams is hoping to be successful and grab the grand prize. Adams is the only Trinidad and Tobago national in the semi-finals.
“It is split up into different regions. They split up the top 30 out of everybody and they're the finalists. And the top 30, they go onto the popular vote,” he said.
While Adams is hoping to be the winner of a $250,000 college scholarship and a state-of-the-art science lab for his school, he is more concerned about winning $50,000 in prize money for this Communication Studies teacher, Miss Forbes.
“This is just not a science competition, it's a science communication competition. I used a lot of things I learnt from her in my video, in coming up with my video. I collaborated with her on the video; she really supported me, you know,” Adams said.
Desirous of winning, he said his Port-of-Spain secondary school has taught him that no matter the outcome, he is loved and special.
“Even if like, you know, there is probably a 100 per cent guarantee of failure… as long as you probably step foot in there and give it your all… The prize may not be for you but it's the effort that counts and that's what they teach us here at QRC,” he shared.
To vote for Adams, like and share his submission video by visiting the Breakthrough Junior Challenge Facebook page and Youtube channel.