Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Actor, Alan Alda Hosts Contest to Explain ‘What is a Flame’ for 11-Year-Olds

As a curious 11-year-old, Alan Alda asked his teacher, “What is a flame?” She replied: “It’s oxidation.” Alda went on to win fame as an actor and writer, and helped found the Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University. He never stopped being curious, and he never forgot how disappointing that non-answer answer was. He’s launched a contest challenging people to explain what a flame is in a way an 11-year-old would find intelligible and maybe even fun. Thousands of students from around the country will serve as judges. Deadline is April 2. 

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