Scholastic’s ScienceWorld is a terrific, teacher-friendly resource for hands-on and digital resources. Sure, there’s a paper magazine version with your subscription, but the online goodies make the magazine even better! And ScienceWorld is already amazing. The magazine covers a wide range of middle school science topics from around the world, saving teachers much-needed time for collecting lesson plans, materials, and inspiration.
Scholastic makes a strong appeal to kids who are traditionally low in STEM careers: blacks and girls. For instance, this month’s edition for middle schoolers features D-J Comeaux and his Black Panther app called AfroBot Boyz. The main article in the magazine focuses on a student who participated in the Hidden Genius Project in Oakland, California, which supports black high school dropouts.
I also love this magazine because it keeps on giving, especially to special needs kiddos. The online teacher resources provide multiple cool projects and experiments, available by intelligent searches, including archived versions of the past three years of your subscription. A subscription to ScienceWorld supports struggling students by linking some of them to their narrow range of interests, providing multiple means of access, supporting hands-on activities, and opportunities for partner or small group learning.
Here’s a photo of extracted strands of strawberry DNA from a recent experiment in ScienceWorld. Very cool! Couldn’t do it without you, Scholastic!