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Past Challenges

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:

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.

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Coming Up

Saturday, June 3 at 4:00pm

The Flame Challenge Award Show

Alan Alda presents a family-friendly show about energy, and presents awards to the contest winners.