Weekly Spotlight on Mathematics

Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month - April 30, 2021

ESC-2 Math Awareness Effort

Mathematics is a beautiful, useful, and foundational field of study. As the world continues to advance technologically, the need for well-educated mathematicians is more important than ever before.

Join ESC Region 2 Service Center in observing Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month, and help us promote appreciation for the field. For the month of April, we will be publishing a Weekly Spotlight on Mathematics to celebrate excellence in the field. Please share our flyer and enjoy!

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A Global Competition for Students

This week, our spotlight is on the Breakthrough Junior Challenge organized by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation and sponsored by Sergey Brin, Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg, Pony Ma, Yuri and Julia Milner, and Anne Wojcicki.
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What could you get when CREATIVITY mixes with MATH?

$400,000 in prizes!

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About the Challenge


The challenge is for individual students between the ages of 13 and 18.


The goal is to create and submit a short video to explain a big idea in one of these fields:

  • Physics
  • Mathematics
  • Life Sciences

The video can be any style and must be 3 minutes or less. It will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Engagement
  • Illumination
  • Creativity
  • Difficulty


The Competition begins April 1, 2021 at 12:01 AM PDT and ends June 25, 2021 at 11:59 PM PDT.


This is a worldwide contest.


The purpose of the challenge is to inspire creative thinking about science and to bring to life a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics.


To submit an Entry for the Competition, go to breakthroughjuniorchallenge.org, click “Enter” at the top of the webpage and follow the on-screen instructions to complete the application. Learn how to take part.

About the Prizes

There will be one winner and three components of the prize.

  • The individual winner of the challenge will receive a $250,000 college scholarship.
  • The winner's school will receive a science lab addition or renovations up to $100,000.
  • The winner may also elect one teacher who has inspired him/her in the field of science or mathematics. The teacher will be awarded $50,000.

See Some Previous Winners

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Need Lab Space and STEM Activities for K-8?


In partnership with the Texas Education Agency, Learning Undefeated operates the Texas Mobile STEM Laboratory. Onboard the Texas Mobile STEM Lab, K-8 students will experience cross-curricular STEM activities. All activities focus on students designing solutions to problems and allow for collaboration and exploration of the content. Scheduling for the 2021/22 school year is now open! Applications open through May 28.

More Info

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ESC-2 Math and Science Team

Let's get together again soon!