November 24, 2017
The Science Haiku Challenge from The Flame Challenge
Posted by Laura Guertin
Quick! Post your science haiku before December 1, 2017! Use the tags @aldacenter and #flamechallenge with your haiku on Facebook and Twitter.
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is getting ready to announce their annual Flame Challenge question. For those not familiar with this contest, The Flame Challenge is an international competition in which scientists answer a technical question in a clear and entertaining way for a target audience of 11-year-olds.
To get ready for the announcement of the 2018 Flame Challenge question, Alan Alda and The Flame Challenge organizers are asking scientists to help “warm up” social media with a science haiku.
The #flamechallenge will
To see what you see
Post a Haiku to express the ways in which science inspires you. Be sure to challenge a friend by tagging social media handle, and tag @aldacenter & #flamechallenge. Need inspiration? https://t.co/iFQAXblHtW
— The Alda Center (@AldaCenter) November 20, 2017
Yes, I challenge you
Make spring bloom inside my mind
Tell me what you know
Announcing this year’s Flame Challenge question on Science Friday, Dec, 1. Scientists, join in. We need you. (How bout it, @neiltyson ?) #flamechallenge @aldacenter
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) November 22, 2017
Science haiku are nothing new. I’ve even blogged about science haiku back in October 2014. The post includes a review of the @NOAAResearch Twitter account haiku, the IPCC Report in 19 illustrated haiku and #AGU11AbstractHaiku.
So have some fun and post your science haiku before December 1st, or whenever you feel inspired! You may even want to “challenge” your students to write a science haiku as the semester wraps up.
Winter winds are cold.
Take the challenge. Break the ice.
Knowledge warms our minds.
Announcing this year’s Flame Challenge question on Science Friday, Dec, 1. Scientists, join in! We need you. (How bout it, @briangreene?) #flamechallenge @aldacenter
— Alan Alda (@alanalda) November 21, 2017
(and then… check out The Flame Challenge question when it is announced on December 1st, and consider participating! See the scientist rules.)
Some more science haiku fun… many attendees of the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference (a weeklong meeting held every March near Houston) compose conference mini-abstracts in haiku form. There is a tumblr that posts those haiku – https://lpschaiku.tumblr.com/