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Science News for Students

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Emily Pohlonski, Common Sense Media
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Up-to-date STEM stories could inspire budding scientists.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about science, math and technology from the current articles on Science News for Students. Articles are organized into categories: Atoms & Forces, Earth & Sky, Human & Health, Life, and Technology & Math. Readings help kids think about complex scientific problems from how we calculate the age of the universe to how to build a better battery. Kids can also see examples of student research and learn tips on how to start their own research projects. Science News for Students articles are free, fascinating, and easy to read.

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News articles feature kids making a difference in the world with their research.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Science News for Kids is the elementary and middle school version of the Science News magazine site by the Society for Science & the Public. It contains current science, math, and technology news stories. Science News for Kids also highlights news stories on the world’s leading youth math and science competitions, including the Intel Science Talent Search. Reading articles about past winners may inspire the budding scientist in your home.

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Adult Written bySilver Springer August 12, 2013

For middle school and up, up, up

High school teachers also find the site useful--even for students in their advanced classes. When content is written well for a middle-school audience, it doesn... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Science News for Kids publishes science news articles for elementary and middle school kids. Topics are interesting and relevant, ranging from cool chemistry jobs to recycling organs. Science News for Kids also has support resources and extension activities to help readers understand the articles. The site also provides information for those who want to follow and get involved in youth science and math competitions. These include Intel Science Talent Search, Intel Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS.

Is it any good?

Science News for Kids has engaging scientific text that's appropriate for elementary and middle school readers. It's a great source for kids who need practice analyzing and citing scientific text. Kids don't always love technical reading, but this site makes efforts to pick interesting topics like American cannibalism and predicting tsunamis.

When kids read about how a teen’s research has helped surgeons get a better view of cancer cells, they might be inspired to design their own experiment. There are a few resources, like a funny "Prepare for the Science Fair Cartoon" to help kids with do their own science fair projects. Unfortunately this portion of the site is less organized, making it hard to find what kids need.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can discuss how we know what we know. How do we come up with explanations for the world around us?

  • Families can also talk about the ways media typically portrays scientists. How do the student researchers from Science News for Kids challenge these stereotypes? Try using our resource, "Tips for Battling Stereotypes."

  • For families who love science and research, check out the local science fair. Maybe your kid will want to participate next time.

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