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A class is emailed a packet of five entries, and each day reviews one of them by filling out a simple ballot. At the end of the week, the students vote for their favorite. Some teachers choose to review all entries in one day. The teacher fills out the result form online. If a whole school is participating, each class could present its top choice at an assembly, with students voting on an overall favorite. Entries will arrive in packets of 5 with one packet per judging group. It is fine to request several packets for your school. Packets contain a variety of entries either from the visual or written category. We won’t know the kind of entries until the contest starts, but if 2012 was any indication, most entries will be written.
Once all entries have been judged, we will post the finalists, and students can vote on the winner. We also will present the finalists in a Worldwide Assembly, a video conference with up to 10 of the judging schools. Even if your school is not chosen to participate, your class can watch the assembly and participate by chatting in questions. The Worldwide Assembly is an extraordinary opportunity for students to bridge the planet in the quest for great science communication.
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Please review the timeline for the contest and make sure it fits into your curricular schedule. We recognize that teachers have a great deal to juggle and hope that this contest will enhance your spring semester. It does require paper work on your part, so please only confirm involvement if you will be able to meet deadlines. For timeline, click here.
The Flame Challenge will be presented to scientists all over the world through advertisements, articles, science blogs and personal emails contacting Nobel Prize winners from the last 20 years. Science teachers can also enter the contest, although a teacher’s submission can’t be voted on by their own school.
If you’re interested in having your class participate as judges, fill out the registration form. If you don’t hear from us, please try again. We’ve had email blocked by some schools and don’t want anyone falling through the cracks.
Teachers, please share Alan Alda’s personal message to students.
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