Igniting curiosity in young minds with the flame challenge

Sud, Reeteka (2016) Igniting curiosity in young minds with the flame challenge. i wonder.... pp. 95-96. ISSN 2582-1636

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A curious 11-year old boy walks up to his teacher to ask, “What is a flame? What’s going on in there?” After a brief pause, the teacher replies, “Oxidation”. Factually speaking, the teacher was right on point, but the student felt deflated, wondering if there’s more to explaining the science behind something other than giving it a different name! The kid in this story grew up to be the famed Hollywood actor and director, Alan Alda. He never forgot this instance of having asked his teacher a question about a flame; or her abrupt answer, devoid of any elaboration. In fact, this experience from his childhood became the inspiration for a contest he started for scientists, aptly called ‘the Flame Challenge’

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Sud, Reeteka
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Science education, Chemistry
Subjects: Social sciences > Education > Science education
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > i wonder...
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URI: http://publications.azimpremjiuniversity.edu.in/id/eprint/1260
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