Students from around the world tune in for the World Wide Assembly

Flame Challenge 2Over 1,000 people from around the globe tuned on Wednesday, April 30 to see Alan Alda discuss our Flame Challenge “What is Color?” finalists with student judges. The 11-year-old student judges reviewed our three video and three written finalists with Alan on a live web-chat.

“My students have thoroughly enjoyed the entire process,” said Andy Thiel, whose class from Medina Elementary School in Washington participated in the World Wide Assembly. “They truly feel like they are experts on the topic. After we had watched and read the entries from our original packets, my students commented that it would be fun to learn about everything in this way.”

Nearly 1,000 people tuned in to see the World Wide Assembly, including groups from Pakistan, Ireland, India and Australia. Girls and boys from Karachi High School in Pakistan stayed at school until 9 p.m. to ask questions and tell Alan what they thought of the finalists.

flame challenge 1Most of the student judges said that they appreciated the humor in some of the video entries, and were critical about not getting enough information from some of the written entries.

Students who were not featured on-camera still participated by posting their questions in the comment box and sharing some photos and comments on Twitter.

Voting on the finalists is open until May 6, and finalists will be revealed at the World Science Festival in June.

“More important than the learning that took place for my students was the excitement, curiosity, thinking, wondering, and questioning that the entries evoked,” said Thiel.

The World Wide Assembly is available to watch here.

Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism covered the event for their weekly newscast. You can see what they had to see at the 7:10 mark.

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