It’s all relative

Washington Post: This high school student just won $250,000 for his film explaining Einstein’s theory of relativity.

“Ohio high school senior Ryan Chester became the inaugural winner of a new college scholarship on Sunday night, winning $250,000 for his 7-minute film that uses simple props and hand-drawn graphics to explain Einstein’s special theory of relativity.

Besides winning that money for himself, Chester also won $100,000 for a new science lab at his school in the Cleveland suburbs, North Royalton High, and $50,000 for his physics teacher, Richard Nestoff. […]

The scholarship is the newest award in the family of Breakthrough Prizes, which are meant to celebrate the importance of science and recognize brilliance in the fields of math, biology and physics. Founded three years ago by Silicon Valley giants […] the Breakthrough Prize offers awards ranging from $100,000 for promising early-career achievements to $3 million for scientists who have made fundamental discoveries about the world.”

IFL Science: Teenager Wins $400,000 For His Video Explaining Einstein’s Theory of Relativity.

Here’s the video on YouTube: Breakthrough Junior Challenge: Some Cool Ways of Looking at the Special Theory of Relativity, by Ryan Chester.