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Video of the Week #47 June 13th, 2012:

The Fabulab’s Flame Challenge from The Fabulab on Vimeo.

From: Flame Challenge Fails to Challenge Negative Stereotypes of Scientists by Marc Kuchner at Guest Blog.

Source: The Fabulab on Vimeo (Jeanne Garbarino, Perrin Ireland and Deborah Berebichez)

The Flame Challenge, launched with help from Alan Alda, dared scientists and educators to submit videos explaining what a flame is—a subtle concept touching on many subfields of physics and chemistry. What set this contest apart from other science communication contests is that the judges were roughly 6000 11-year old students at 130 schools. Members of the Fabulab earned an Honorable Mention in the challenge, and it’s our favorite video this week.



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  1. 1. GarthGamma 9:10 am 06/14/2012

    As a pretty grown and old 11-year-old (who’s not in the scientific field), I thank you for the very easy to understand video. I can finally understand that.

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  2. 2. themdw 10:58 am 06/14/2012

    Apparently these people are not familiar with the concept of “the molecule”; giving it no mention in the process of a fire.
    It’s like saying Shakespeare was a master of the ABCs.

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