CRF Researchers answer Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge

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Last month, Alan Alda posed a challenge to scientists and researchers in Science magazine: Can you explain what a flame is in a way that 11-year-olds will understand?  Entries could take any shape–prose, poetry, videos, cartoons and more! CRF researchers Guilhem Lacaze, Judit Zador, and Jens Prager got together to answer the challenge with their own unique blend of creativity and science.

April 2 was the deadline for entries; according to Alda and the Center for Communicating Science, which is hosting the challenge, 822 entries have been sent in from all over the world. Submissions will be screened by scientists for accuracy, then sent to over 130 schools where they will be judged by 11-year-olds. The winner will be announced at the World Science Festival in New York City in early June.

Of course, we have our own choice for the winning entry! Check it out here!


The Flame Challenge from Tomoji Mangus on Vimeo.