Why do we exist?

Most scientific research is conducted and reported in specialized scientific journals in a language accessible only to adult scientists. Kids have the right to understand the world they are inheriting from us. That’s why Tanya Dimitrova, while working as a high school science teacher in Texas, founded the nonprofit organization which publishes Science Journal for Kids.

What do we do?

We publish an online science magazine for kids (and their teachers) featuring freely downloadable peer-reviewed research papers rewritten in age-appropriate language. 

Each paper is accompanied by:

+ assessment questions + teacher’s key,

+ an opening video,

+ meta information (key words, reading level, curriculum alignment, etc.) and

+ additional educator resources (slide shows, labs, online quizzes, and recommended websites).

Non Profit Status

Overview

Science Journal for Kids is a nonprofit organization incorporated in Texas. It has a 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service. All donations to Science Journal for Kids are tax-exempt.
 

Our mission

Science Journal for Kids aims to make scientific research discoveries more accessible to the general audience and particularly to children. We do that by digitally publishing kid-friendly adaptations of scientific papers. In addition, Science Journal for Kids prepares and offers teacher’s aids and resources to enable integration of the scientific literature in a classroom curriculum.

Developing Educational Materials for Children
Science Journal for Kids’s primary activity is selecting published science articles and adapting them for children’s education. The materials are available on the Science Journal for Kids website for teachers, parents, students, and the general public. The steps for developing these materials are outlined below:

  • Selecting the journal articles. The selected articles must be environmental or biomedical science research published in a peer-reviewed open-access high-impact science journal. The articles should be recent (published within the past year) and cover a variety or topics: pollution, endangered species conservation, climate change, genetic engineering, etc.
  • Text adaptation. The articles are then rewritten in in kid- or teen-friendly language using common vocabulary, real-world examples and comparisons and funny anecdotes where appropriate.
  • Final approval and edits. The draft text is then edited and approved by the scientists who published the original research paper. The finalized text is then edited for aesthetics and readability by creating an appealing layout and adding illustrations.
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Developing Supplemental Materials for Teachers
Science Journal for Kids collaborates with experienced science teachers to create teacher’s materials including, but not limited to, supplementary teaching aids, slide show presentations, hands-on lab activities, quizzes, and worksheets to accompany each paper. These materials allow teachers to more easily incorporate the journal articles into a classroom curriculum.

Outreach and Distribution
In order to further achieve its goals, Science Journal for Kids conducts outreach to science teachers and other science and education organizations throughout the United States. The organization maintains a customer database of teachers interested in incorporating the materials into their classrooms and disseminate the materials as they are developed. The materials are also available to the general public on the website.

Founding documents

Certificate of Formation

IRS Determination Letter

Our History

This project was kickstarted in the spring of 2015 with generous support from David Cosio, Jessica Leigh Roberts, Fernando Boom and more than 50 other donors in a successful crowdfunding campaign. We also want to thank Ms. D’s students Misha and Zane, Will Gallagher and The Thinkery – Austin’s children’s science museum.

Support Us

Thank you for considering supporting us! If you love our work and find it useful, we welcome your donation to the organization! Even the smallest donations can make a difference. Thank you!