Frontiers is a community-based open access academic publisher whose vision is to build an open science platform accessible to all. Frontiers for Young Minds enables young kids to work directly with scientists to create articles that are both accurate and exciting. All the articles are written by scientific experts and reviewed by children to make sure they are clear and understandable.
It only takes a few steps to create an article on Frontiers for young minds:
- The editorial board identifies recent discoveries that might be interesting and exciting to young readers.
- The scientists behind the original research write an article that translates the discovery into comprehensible terms for young readers.
- The associate editor assigns the manuscript to a young mind/science mentor pair, who produces a review report in which feedback is provided.
- After the review process is complete, the associate editor validates the article and publishes it on the platform.
For Young Minds:
On Frontiers for Young Minds, young readers can stay on track with the latest cutting edge discoveries or explore key ideas that are fundamental to understanding different science concepts. Subjects include:
- Space science
- Earth and Resources
In addition, kids can apply to become a reviewer and work with their friends or classmates to provide feedback to scientists about how to make their articles accessible for kids at their own age. This partnership gives children the opportunity to communicate and interact with scientific experts on their topics of interest!
Based on the website, instructors have many possibilities for class activities:
- Start a debate
- Use an article as context to introduce a new type of graph or figure
- Have a mini-conference
- Design a follow-up experiment after the class reading an article.
You can also visit their website for more detailed information.
First, go to the homepage of Frontiers for Young Minds.
Then select one of the subject areas to view relevant articles. You can also view the most recent articles to become familiar with new technologies and discoveries.
If you know a class or group of kids who would like to work as Young Reviews and would like more information about how to find a science mentor, contact firstname.lastname@example.org via email.