Past Challenges In the Media

What is Color?

Why Alan Alda is Talking Like a Fifth Grader – Ricky Camilleri, The Huffington Post


Alan Alda to speak to local kids — and others, worldwide – Bill Zwecker, The Daily Sizzle

Actor Alan Alda talks science with Roosevelt Middle School students- Rebecca R. Bibbs, Sun-Times Media

Alan Alda Dares Scientists to Explain Colors to 5th Graders – Ross Brenneman, Education Week

What Is Color? – Chad Orzel, ScienceBlogs

Alan Alda, Spokesman for Science – Claudia Dreifus, The New York Times

How do you explain colour to a kid? Alan Alda wants to help – Linda Mottram and Matthew Bevan, 702 ABC Sydney

Spotlight on The Flame Challenge: Talking with Alan Alda – Kevin Cuddihy, STC’s Notebook

Alan Alda Speaks To Paxman On Newsnight About ScienceThe Huffington Post, United Kingdom

How Can You Explain “Color” to an 11-Year-Old? – Dahlia Lithwick, Slate

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain Color to Kids – Andrew Revkin, The New York Times

Dust off your science and video skills for Alan Alda’s Flame Challenge – John Timmer, Ars Technica

Flame Challenge 2014 – Emily Bones, Central Science

Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ for 2014: What is Color?Brookhaven News Herald

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color – Christopher Intagliata, Science Friday

Hawkeye Pierce (i.e. Alan Alda) teaches scientists how to better communicate about their work – Michael Claeys, Scope

Alan Alda’s Annual ‘Flame Challenge’ Science Contest Asks: What Is Color?The Huffington Post via Frank Eltman, The Associated Press

Alan Alda challenges scientists: Explain color to an 11-year-old – Megan Gannon, Live Science

Alan Alda Asks, “What Is Color?”KWTX

Alan Alda asks Scientists to Explain, What is Color? – Tim Mayr, The Austrian Tribune

Tech Comm and Science Combine in Alan Alda’s Annual “Flame Challenge” – Kevin Cuddihy, STC’s Notebook

The 2013 Flame Challenge: What Is Colour?GoGo News

Striking the flame of science in kids – Grant Jacobs, SciBlogs

What Is Color? Contest Asks Scientists To Explain It To A Kid – Ranjini Raghunath,

What is Time?

Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What’s time?9 News
Associated video:

Fifth graders judge worldwide science competitionNews 4 KRNV Reno
Associated video:

The 2013 Flame Challenge Question: What is time? – Jeanne Garbarino, Double X Science

Flame Challenge 2012: It’s time to tackle time – Ellen Yan,

Quick, What Is Time? – Kenneth Chang, The New York Times

Clock Ticking Down on ‘What is Time’ Contest – Andrew C. Revkin, The New York Times

Alan Alda & Time: Actor Teaches At Stony Brook, Asks Scientists To Explain Time – Frank Eltman, The Huffington Post/ The Associated Press

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain: What Is Time? – Adrian Cho, Science Insider

Alan Alda asks scientists to explain: What’s time? – Frank Eltman, The Associated Press. This article was featured in over 60 publications internationally including the Boston Globe, the Washington Times, MSN and ABC News 4.

Want More Science Graduates? Here’s How – Blaire Briody, The Fiscal Times

Alan Alda’s Challenge to ScientistsVOA Science World

Am I Making Myself Clear – Alan Alda, Soapbox Science,

Out of the Comfort Zone and into the Fire–How Taking the Flame Challenge Can Change Your Life – Christine O’Connell, Scientific American

It’s about time: Retired Livermore lab engineer wins international “Flame Challenge” competition – Jeremy Thomas, Contra Costa Times

Flame Challenge 2013The Stochastic Scientist

2013 Flame Challenge Winner
– World Science Festival

Flame Contest Explains Time to ChildrenLaboratory Equiptment

The Flame Challenge Results: Clear Communication Wins – Sarah Lichtner, Nexight Group

What is a Flame?

“Alan Alda is Trying to Find the Next Carl Sagan” — Miles O’Brien, PBS Newshour

Associated video:

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer featured Alan Alda on March 23rd:

Alan Alda issues challenge to scientists“, Newsday, Long Island

“Explain the flame: Quantum physicist who went to Truman High wins science challenge” — Roxie Hammill, The Kansas City Star 

“Flame Challenge brings science to kids and beyond” — Daniel Dunaief, Village Times Record

“The Flame Challenge – Communicating Science”Physics Frontline

“In Winning Definition of ‘Flame,’ Jargon Melts Away” — Kenneth Chang, The New York Times

“Winning Entry in ‘What is a Flame’ Contest” — Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blog, The New York Times

“Fiery flick wins the Flame Challenge” — Alan Boyle, Cosmic Log on

“Alan Alda Asks, ‘What is a Flame’?”— Andrew Revkin, Dot Earth blog, The New York Times

“Alan Alda offers scientists ‘The Flame Challenge’ for kids” USA Today

“Take the Flame Challenge”The Loom blog on Discover Magazine

“In Love with Alan Alda”— Deborah Heiligman on the Interesting Nonfiction for Kids (I.N.K.) blog

NPR Science Friday, hosted by Ira Flatow

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