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
An average of 360 scientists from around the world submit an entry to The Flame Challenge every year.
Map of Participating Schools
An average of 22,000 students from almost 400 schools around the world judge The Flame Challenge every year.