Science News for Kids
Science News for Kids is aimed at children ages 9-13. The goal is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials. The primary emphasis is on making the website appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical puzzles, and submit their own work for possible web publication. At the same time, the site offers teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.
This website offers 3 feature articles every week, an article archive containing articles from Agriculture to Weather, a link to MatheMUSEments containing articles about math in everyday life, a link to the previous week’s articles, a weekly e-letter signup for an e-mail newsletter each Monday from Science News for Kids listing the headline, summary, and URL of every Science News for Kids article being published that week and six zones which focus on particular interests.
The six zones are the PuzzleZone which has a weekly brainteaser, the SciFiZone for those interested in writing ScienceFairZone, weekly science fair profiles and tips, the GameZone a small selection of logic and memory games, implemented as Java applets, the TeacherZone has materials, some related to the feature article of the week, so that teachers can bring science news topics to the classroom and the LabZone features a weekly hands-on activity.
Each of these zones have links to past articles and to more resources. There are also opportunities for grading each article and zone on a scale from A to F. There is also a Talk Back section to post comments about each article and zone
This site not only presents timely articles for students and teachers about science and math, but also wants to know how well they are doing each and every time someone reads their content.