"What is a flame? What is time, color, sleep, sound or energy?" These questions were asked by students around 11 years old and answered by real scientists in past years of The Flame Challenge™. Written, graphic and video entries were then judged by some of the same students based on how well they understood and enjoyed the entries. Thousands of scientists have participated to practice their science communication skills in a fun and interesting way. We hope you'll join us, too!
Advice from Student Judges
Watch this preview of our "Meet An 11-Year-Old" video, available Friday, December 15 at Noon. We are offering a series of training videos that will help you get to know your audience, refine your contest entry and get it noticed by our judges!
Advice from Visual Winner (2017) Johanna Howes
Listen to Johanna Howes, the video winner for The Flame Challenge™ in 2017. She answered the question "What is energy?" and shares her science communication knowledge and experience on The FizzicsEd Podcast. Fast-forward to 14:20 to hear about her submission to The Flame Challenge™.
Will You Accept the Challenge?
As a participating scientist, you have the ability to help today’s youth develop a better relationship with science, inspiring them to learn and grow. Submissions can be made in written, graphic or video format. Enter the contest for a chance to win a $1,000 cash prize and a trip to New York City* to meet acclaimed actor, writer and contest founder Alan Alda and to be honored at a special presentation during the World Science Festival.
*New York City trip includes travel and accommodations for two nights for the winner. A guest is welcomed to attend the meet-and-greet with Mr. Alda and the World Science Festival, but travel will not be covered.
Upcoming Events & Deadlines
We know scientists are busy making a difference. Please take a few moments to review the following timeline to make sure you don’t miss any important deadlines.
- December 15, 2017: Meet an 11-Year-Old and Prepare for The Flame Challenge™
- December 18, 2017: Registration Opens for Scientists and Schools
- January 15 - April 6, 2018: Students Review Contest Entries on a Rolling Basis
- January 29, 2018: Let the Jargon Police Help You Prepare for The Flame Challenge™
- February 23, 2018: Make It Snap and You Could Win The Flame Challenge™
- March 2, 2018: Last day for Scientists to enter The Flame Challenge™
- April 13, 2018: Announcement of The Flame Challenge™ Finalists
- May 11, 2018: Winners Notified & Invited to World Science Festival
- June 2018 (date TBA): Announcement of Winners at World Science Festival
Please browse our Past Challenges to get ideas for your own submission to the contest. You may also enjoy watching the video below to learn more about how scientists have approached the contest in the past.