SSP, the nonprofit publisher of Science News for Kids, is pleased to provide resources directly for parents on this site. We encourage you to visit regularly and freely share the content of this site with your children.
About Science News for Kids
SSP is a nonprofit membership organization based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921, and first known as Science Service, SSP advances the public understanding of science through publications and educational programs.
Science News for Kids (SNK) news stories are selected from articles from SSP’s award-winning flagship magazine, Science News, which enjoys paid print circulation of over 120,000 paid subscribers and millions of readers each year. Science News is written by a staff of professional science journalists and editors, and covers all areas of science. SNK content is tailored to make Science News accessible and interesting for the middle-school audience. Longer news features are commissioned from professional science writers as original articles for the site.
How you can use Science News for Kids to help your children
Whether or not science was your own favorite subject in school, it has likely been a long time since you had to understand words like “mitosis” and “polymers.” So parents can often feel ill-prepared when asked by their child for help on their science homework or with a science fair project.
Fortunately, Science News for Kids has hundreds of easy-to-understand articles on a range of topics on the latest scientific advances, as well as other tools and resources to help you help children and others learn about and appreciate science.
SSP and the staff of SNK encourage parents to visit regularly to find:
- Timely, interesting news stories and longer in-depth articles about a wide variety of science topics
- Suggestions and resources for hands-on activities, books, articles, and web resources
- Coverage of the world’s leading science, engineering, math, and technology competitions for young people
Many articles in SNK include resources to help your children learn more about the topic covered, including: Going Deeper, Power Words, Related Articles, Teachers Questions, and Word Find.
Learn more about how your children can compete in SSP educational competitions
In addition to its publications, SSP is known for its world-renowned math and science competitions for young people. For 70 years, SSP’s science education programs—the Intel Science Talent Search (formerly the Westinghouse Science Talent Search), the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, and the Broadcom MASTERS—have inspired generations of science enthusiasts, including Nobel Laureates, Lasker Awardees, National Medal of Science recipients, and nearly 50,000 other distinguished alumni.
- Learn how students can compete in the Broadcom MASTERS, open to U.S. students in the 6th to 8th grades
- Learn how students can compete in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, open to high school students in 65 countries, regions, and territories around the world
- Learn how students can compete in the Intel Science Talent Search, open to U.S. high school seniors
- Learn how how you can help a child with science fair
SSP believes that educating and inspiring your children, the scientists of tomorrow, is vital to our common future. It is their vision that will usher in new solutions to global challenges. We hope you and your children will learn more about each of our competitions, and perhaps even participate!
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