Each year, students from around the world submit their questions as a challenge to scientists who wish to enter The Flame Challenge. Based on popularity, a team from the Alda Center selects an appropriate question and challenges scientists to submit written or visual entries that an 11-year-old would find interesting, understandable, and maybe even entertaining. After screening for scientific accuracy, the entries are judged by thousands of 11-year-olds in schools around the world. The winning scientists are brought to New York to be honored in June at the World Science Festival.
Past challenge questions include:
- 2017: What is Energy?
- 2016: What is Sound?
- 2015: What is Sleep?
- 2014: What is Color?
- 2013: What is Time?
- 2012: What is a Flame?
Our Contest Entrants & Judges
Map of Participating Scientists
In 2016, 242 scientists submitted an entry to The Flame Challenge.
Map of Participating Schools
In 2016, over 22,000 students from 542 schools from around the world judged The Flame Challenge.