If you don’t listen to ScienceFriday on NPR, then you may not know about The Flame Challenge. The Flame Challenge is a contest, launched by actor and science advocate Alan Alda, to answer the question that he had as an 11-year old boy, “What is a flame?” The contest invited scientists from all over the world to answer that question in a way that an average 11-year old kid could understand.
I listened to the program yesterday and the results are in and a winner has been selected by 11-year old kids around the world. The winner is Ben Ames, a Ph.D. candidate in Quantum Optics, from the University of Innsbruck. I think you’ll agree that his video is really amazing. Even I could understand just about everything Ben was talking about! I can easily imagine embedding some interaction and formative assessment opportunities for kids would make this a STELLAR lesson. Take a look….what do you think??
For more information about this contest visit http://flamechallenge.org/, where you can also see the entries of the finalists and honorable mentions. Submissions suggesting next year’s question topic are now being accepted from 11-year olds everywhere. Visit the site, if you would like to get your children or students involved.
- Flame Challenge Winner Announced (cenblog.org)
- Winner of Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ Draws on Animation and Song (livescience.com)
- Fiery flick wins the Flame Challenge (cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com)
- Grad Student Wins Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge (news.slashdot.org)
- What is a flame? Ben Ames’ answer to Alan Alda (motls.blogspot.com)