Up for a Challenge? What is Energy?

If someone were to ask you “what is energy?”, could you answer? In five sentences or less, Science Galaxy dares you to try. It’s harder than it first sounds, right? At noon (EST) on April 24th, 2017, participants of the the Annual Flame Challenge will join a live broadcast to participate in an international dialogue between scientists, educators and 11-year-old school students form across the globe to decide who has the best answer to the question “what is energy?”, and you don’t want to miss this conversation!

Sparked in 2012, with the question “what is a flame?”, the Alda-Kavli Center for Science Communication launched the Annual International Flame Challenge, inviting schools, students, scientists and educators to start thinking a little deeper about how we communicate science and why it is important to keep curiosity in science alive through awesome, accessible and exciting catalytic questions like: What is sound? What is sleep? What is color? What is time?

At Science Galaxy, we love that the Flame Challenge starts the conversation between parents, kids, educators and scientists that creates a learning environment – both in the home, and in the classroom – where there are no wrong questions, and curiosity is king. Here are some catalytic questions from Science Galaxy to think about while you watch the April 24th event:
Have you ever asked someone to explain energy to you? If so, did you understand their answer? Could you teach your little brother or sister what energy is?
Why do you think it’s important to understand what energy is? Do you think exploring ‘energy’ will be important in the future, or not? Why?
Pick your five favorite lessons from the Flame Challenge; they don’t have to be scientific, they could be about different times zones, tools for storytelling, or about another school that was featured during the event.

We would love to hear your thoughts about the 2017 Flame Challenge, so jump on our Facebook page to share your thoughts!

Author: Kristen Bigland