He is among the 5,600 students who participated in the Breakthrough Junior Challenge, a global science video contest where students created three-minute videos on wide-ranging topics, from quantum tunnelling and the mystery of dark matter to the structure of the COVID-19 virus.
Khanna’s video explains quantum computing and the principles behind quantum superposition, with a purpose towards helping better understand what this is and how to talk about the scientific concepts. “I picked up an interest in Physics a few years ago. I would ask a lot of doubts and my teacher recognised my love for the subject. He gave me a few books to read and while I was initially intimidated, it got me further interested in the subject,” he said. Khanna also started his own science channel on YouTube four years back called The Science Biome where he has published explainer videos on a range of topics. “There are a lot of videos out there on scientific concepts but they are hard to understand. I wanted to bridge that gap in my entry to the challenge,” he added.
Other Indians who are part of the 30 semi-finalists are Kavya Bhat from National Public School in Bangalore and Shaurya Sinha from The Shri Ram School Aravali. All 30 semi-finalists will compete for votes and likes on the social media pages until September 20. Fifteen finalists and the top scorer in the popular votes contest will be reviewed by a jury of experts and the winner will get a $250,000 college scholarship. The science teacher who inspired the winning student will win a $50,000 prize. The winner’s school will also receive a state-of-the-art science lab valued at $100,000.