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As shared in lecture, the question for our unofficial 2021 Flame Challenge is: What is Global Warming?

As an introduction to this project, your Laboratory for the week is to research the Flame Challenge, watch the winning video entries from prior years, develop inspiration for your project, and then download and complete the Flame Challenge Worksheet below. You will turn-in your completed worksheet at the start of Lab #2 (when you go to lab sections during Week #3). The worksheet should be done individually, not with a lab partner. This worksheet is only worth 15 points and graded on good-faith effort. However, if you do not turn in a completed worksheet at the start of Lab #2 it will count as a missed lab!

I will provide you with a time-line, project specifics, and grading rubric for your submissions. For now, I just want everyone to start thinking about this project, which meets our science literacy requirement for non-science major courses. I am going to keep the project very broad to let everyone be creative and find the medium that best fits your background and method of communication. 

Resources to help you with your research:

Five criteria to think about, from the audience perspective, when creating your answer to the question:

1) Did you learn much about Global Warming from this answer?

2) How interesting was this answer?

3) Was this answer clear or confusing?

4) Did this answer use words you understood?

5) Did this answer make you interested in learning more about Global Warming or Science?

The video below, by Neil deGrasse Tyson, is a GREAT place to start your inspiration for this project and reminds us why science literacy is so important:

Winning Video Entries from Prior Flame Challenges:

Below is the winning submission from our CHEM 1002 in 2018, which went on to become a finalist in the international contest!!

Do you know any 11-year-olds? If so, include their picture here. If not, here’s a picture of the group of children from our training video.

The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science supports science and medical professionals to create genuine connections with people through clear and vivid communication. The Flame Challenge is a perfect place to practice. Before you begin creating your written, graphic or video entry, use this worksheet to spend a few minutes thinking about your audience.

What do you admire about 11-year-olds? Example: They are very honest and not embarrassed to admit when they don’t understand something. They are curious and make funny connections to things in their lives.

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Reflect on the winning video and written entries from prior years (graphic is new this year)

After reviewing the winning entries from prior years, do you want to do a written, video entry, or graphic entry to answer the “What is Climate” question. Why are you interested in this medium for your entry? After reviewing the winning entries from prior years, do you want to do a written, video, or graphic entry to answer the “What is Climate” question? Why are you interested in this medium for your entry?

Name: ____________________

After reviewing the winning entries from prior years, do you want to do a written, video, or graphic entry to answer to answer the “What is Global Warming” question? Why are you interested in this medium for your entry?

Reflect on the winning video entries from prior years: After reviewing the winning video entries from prior year, do you want to do a written, video, or graphic entry to answer the “What is Global Warming” Question? Why are you interested in this medium for your entry? Why do you think you would be able to best communicate your answer to the “What is Global Warming” question in this medium?

What kind of 11-year-old were you?

Outside of science, what do you think 11-year-olds are interested in?

What do you have in common with an 11-year-old?

What concerns you about communicating with an 11-year-old?

THINKING ABOUT YOUR AUDIENCE

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When an 11-year-old hears the contest question, what you imagine springs to their mind?

What do you imagine an 11-year-old expects a scientist to be like?

PREPARING FOR THE CHALLENGE As you are drafting your entry, test it out with an 11-year-old and welcome their feedback! If you don’t know any 11-year-olds, phone a friend. Maybe you know someone who teaches kids, or someone who has a niece or nephew. Kids love to be asked what they think — especially when they are 11.

ESTABLISHING COMMON GROUND

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How do you think your involvement with project could positively impact an 11-year-old? How do you think this project will impact your ability to communicate science to others?

Why do you think an 11-year-old might be interested in this topic?

TRY THIS! Look at your answer above. Nobody wants to be told what to care about. We care about concepts and ideas for a variety of reasons — but research shows that the most

conversation. As you are preparing to develop your entry to The Flame Challenge, ask yourself how the answers to your other questions can be helpful in answering this last question.

You may feel bogged down by the divide between your level of understanding and that of an 11-year-old. Step back into the shoes of an 11-year-old. Don’t just ask what they know at this age. Ask what is important to them. What is interesting? What do they care about? Starting there will help you build a bridge between the topic and what matters in an 11-year-old’s daily life.

BRIDGING THE GAP

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Note: The official Flame Challenge is on hiatus for the year, so our 2019 – CHEM 1002 Flame Challenge is unofficial, but still awesome! 2020Note: The official Flame Challenge is not running this year, so our 2021 – CHEM 1002 Flame Challenge is unofficial, but still AWESOME!

  1. Name: Wenjia Zhang
  2. think you would be able to best communicate your answer to the What is Global Warming question in this medium:
  3. They are curious and make funny connections to things in their lives:
  4. Outside of science what do you think 11yearolds are interested in:
  5. What do you have in common with an 11yearold:
  6. What concerns you about communicating with an 11yearold:
  7. When an 11yearold hears the contest question what you imagine springs to their mind:
  8. What do you imagine an 11yearold expects a scientist to be like:
  9. How Do You think:
  10. What kind of 11yearold were you:
  11. Why do you think an 11yearold might be interested in this topic: