Science World is a monthly magazine for children that feature different topics from a wide range of scientific fields. The magazine does not talk down to children, but does put the science news in terms they will understand. The magazine could also be useful for the parents or caregivers of the children. Though it is intended for children, the magazine could be useful for anyone wanting to know more about science, but may not know enough about a particular topic to dive into a scholarly book. Science World also presents enough topics that anyone should be able to find an article of interest to them.
The magazine covers topics like x-raying household objects to see inside them, photographing DNA, the technology of 3D printers, and a story of one teenager who survived the 2011 tsunami in Japan. Even with a human interest story, there is plenty of science packed into the article. Science World achieves what librarians are hoping to achieve this summer—make science fun, interesting, and get the kids to learn without them even realizing they’re learning. With Fizz, Boom, Read just around the corner, Science World is a magazine to keep in mind to help supplement the books the children will be reading, or it can be used for adults to brush on some science topics you may have forgotten over the years.
It also provides ideas that could be a springboard for both adults and children to think about science in new ways. Most kids will have heard of 3D printers, but do they know the printers are being used to help make prosthetics? Do they know that a life sized version of Thomas Jefferson was printed is now on display?
Science World presents a variety of topics that are engaging and fun. Even for children not typically interested in science, this magazine is a good recommendation. It provides short articles, which could help children find a topic they are interested in enough to do further reading on and discover new ideas and concepts.
Janes, Patricia. Science World. Vol. 69, No. 9., 2014. Print.