Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Website Review: Science News for Students

SCIENCE NEWS FOR STUDENTS is an engaging, informational website produced by the Society for Science & the Public.
The student science news is divided into five themes: atoms & forces, earth & sky, humans & health, life, and tech & math. Within each theme, subtopics are available. A search tool allows users to search by date, topic, source, readability and sort by date.
The short articles include high quality graphics including photographs and sometimes diagrams. “Power words” provide definitions of key words associated with the story and a readability score helps teachers assign articles. Each article ends citations and links to future readings. A variety of social media options are available for article sharing including Twitter, Facebook, Reddit, and Google+ along with email and printing.
An educator section provides resources for educators including articles organized by subject, article tools, STEM career resources, and resources for teaching science.
A blogs and resources section includes a “doing science” blog, “Eureka! Lab” blog, science project resources, and competitions.
Along with the student science section, the website also contains information about the society, student science programs, and an adult version of the science news that would also be of interest to older students.
In addition to the free website, a subscription-based service is available for both paper and iPad.