What is time?
Scientists: Answer that question in a way that engages and enlightens an 11-year-old, and you could win a trip to New York, where you’ll be honored at the World Science Festival in June, 2013.
The aim of this contest is to encourage scientists to communicate complex material simply, clearly and engagingly. Entries will be screened for accuracy by scientists and then judged by 11-year-olds.
The rules are simple:
1. Answer the question — “What is time?” — in a way an 11-year-old will find instructive, interesting, and maybe even fun.
2. The contest is open only to scientists. For this contest, we define a scientist as someone who has, or is in the process of getting, a graduate degree in a science (including health sciences, engineering and mathematics), or who is employed doing scientific work, or who is retired from doing scientific work.
3. Entries can be submitted in writing, as videos, or as graphics. This year, the contest has two categories– Written and Visual – and entries will be judged within their category. We plan to name a winner in each category. For entries that cross the lines, the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science will assign them to a category.
4. Answers must be submitted by 11:59 pm (EST) March 1, 2013. Video entries must be submitted through vimeo. We encourage you to get your entry in well before the deadline, in case there are technical problems receiving it.
5. Written entries must be less than 300 words, and videos must be shorter than 6 minutes.
6. Answers must be in English.
7. Entries must be the original work of the person submitting them.
For answers to frequently asked questions – and some helpful hints — see FAQ for Scientists.