Alan Alda asks sci­en­tists to ex­plain en­ergy to chil­dren

Malta Independent - - SCIENCE -

Alan Alda wants sci­en­tists to an­swer a ques­tion for 11-year-old chil­dren: What is en­ergy?

The ac­tor is a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor at the Alan Alda Cen­ter for Com­mu­ni­cat­ing Science at Stony Brook Univer­sity on eastern Long Is­land. He has been pos­ing sim­i­lar vex­ing ques­tions to sci­en­tists since 2011.

He says it’s im­por­tant for sci­en­tists to be able to com­mu­ni­cate com­plex con­cepts in sim­ple terms.

He pre­vi­ously has sought sim­ple def­i­ni­tions of time, colour and sound.

His first ques­tion sought a def­i­ni­tion of a flame? His an­nual con­test con­tin­ues to be called the ‘Flame Chal­lenge’.

The judges are 11-year-olds around the world who ac­cess the con­test on­line.

Win­ning sci­en­tists re­ceive $1,000.

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