Eleven-year-olds around the world seek simple answer to profound question
Last year, the question was “What is a flame?” This year: “What is time?” Through his association with Stony Brook University and the Alan Alda Center forCommunicatingScience, Alan Alda is helping students around the world work through these questions.
The Center reached out to scientists in the second Flame Challenge to explain “What is time?” to an eleven-year old audience. By the March 1st deadline, hundreds of scientists submitted answers to this year’s question from around the globe, including England, China, Thailand, Australia, Japan, and Italy. And, again this year, eleven-year-olds from around the world joined Alda in an interactive, videoconference conducted on the Watchitoo HD videoconferencing, live streaming and collaboration platform to discuss the finalists and vote for their favorites. This Worldwide Assembly took place on April 30th.
Students in the Watchitoo videoconference viewed the challenge entries and talked with Alda and their peers around the globe about the entries. Each class appeared on the screen with Alda, at one point alongside a streaming contest entry. Meanwhile, viewers from around the world typed questions and comments through the Watchitoo platform.
While the votes are being tallied check out the finalists here, or watch Alda talk about the entries with some of the student judges at http://www.centerforcommunicatingscience.org/the-flame-challenge-2/#.
Watchitoo enables up to 25 individuals or groups to join an interactive online HD videoconference and hundreds of thousands to follow the conversation. Unlike other conferencing and streaming software, Watchitoo can be embedded in a customer’s website, blog or Facebook page and customized with their own branding.
“Through technology advances, classrooms are expanding and students are learning from peers around the globe,” said Watchitoo CEO Rony Zarom. “It’s truly inspiring to see how students respond when you bring them face to face with new people, communities, content and ways of interacting.”
Winners for this year’s challenge will be announced at the World Science Festival on June 2nd.