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.

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.

(and then… check out The Flame Challenge question when it is announced on December 1st, and consider participating! See the scientist rules.)