The Flame Challenge is an annual contest in which scientists are invited to answer questions posed by 11-year-olds. The question, “What is sleep?” was chosen for the 2015 Flame Challenge because most humans spend 25-30 years of their life asleep. Alan Alda and the Alda Center for Communicating Science are challenging scientists to explain sleep in a way that will intrigue, interest, and inspire 11-year-olds.
Entries need to be submitted by February 13, 2015, through writing, graphics or video. The winning answer, chosen by thousands of 11-year-olds across the country, will receive a $1,000 prize and a trip to New York City to visit the World Science Festival in May 2015.
The Flame Challenge was founded in 2012, based off of Alan Alda’s childhood question “What is a flame?” The two main sponsors for this challenge are The American Chemical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
More contest details can be found at: flamechallenge.org