Choosing a favorite STEM education resource is always especially tricky for Scout staff, as many of our favorite sites often fall under this category. However, Science News for Students immediately stood out. The award-winning publication invites readers to explore various science-based news stories, covering everything from morphing algae to mini helicopters on Mars, and is geared towards young scientists or future scientists. After giving it a read, perhaps subscribers will also want to forward the link to a young person in their lives.
Publishing daily news stories for young science enthusiasts, Science News for Students is a celebrated resource bringing "age-appropriate, topical science news to learners, parents, and educators." Written by veteran science journalists, the site's stories make research accessible to readers of all ages and technical backgrounds. Pieces are organized into broad science categories (for example, Earth and Space), and some of these categories are further sorted by sub-topic (e.g., Animals, Plants, and Fossils are all under Life). Readers can filter stories by these categories under the All Topics tab or scroll through the home page for the latest scoop. Designed for use in science classrooms, stories are accompanied by resources such as discussion questions, "power words," and follow-up readings. More information about these tools is available on the Education Resources page. In addition to science stories, the site hosts other supplemental materials (available under the Explore tab) such as experiments, career resources, and a "word of the week." The nonprofit organization Society for Science launched Science News for Students in 2003. Janet Raloff serves as the publication's current editor.