Enter The Flame Challenge by Feb. 3

unnamedBy Rachael Coccia | Jan. 4, 2017

Calling all scientists! Test your science communication skills by entering actor Alan Alda’s contest, The Flame Challenge.

The annual Flame Challenge is part of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science’s mission of helping scientists communicate more effectively with the public. This international contest, judged by 11-year-olds, challenges scientists to answer complex scientific concepts in a way that is understandable and engaging.

Launched in 2012, The Flame Challenge began with Alda’s own childhood query, “What is a flame?” The question issued to scientists for The Flame Challenge 2017 is “What is energy?”

“As far as I know, nothing happens without energy,” says Alda, actor, writer, science advocate and a visiting professor at the center. “Night and day, we’re surrounded by it, moved by it — we live and breathe by it. But what is it?”

Scientists around the world and of any discipline can submit entries here.

Entries may be either written or visual and all guidelines can be found in the Survival Guide here.

Two winners will be awarded $1,000 and receive a trip to New York City to meet Alda and be honored at the World Science Festival.

For more information visit flamechallenge.org or email flamechallenge@stonybrook.edu.

Rachael Coccia is the Flame Challenge coordinator.

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