Science World Magazine Celebrates 50 Years of Science News for Kids

Superscience for younger students turns twenty

New York, NY — March 16, 2009 — Science World®>, the award-winning classroom magazine for 6th-10th graders, is celebrating 50 years of publishing science news for kids. From the launch of space exploration to global climate change, Science World has brought the milestones of science news to students with compelling features and vivid photography. Science World is published by Scholastic, the global children’s publishing, education and media company.

Science World commemorates its 50th anniversary in the March 16, 2009 issue with a special section looking back at past cover stories and related advancements in science. A few of the highlights include:

  • Space Invaders: The world community has gone from a handful of artificial satellites like Sputnik…to more than 13,000 active satellites orbiting Earth!
  • Hot Topic: In 1967, climatology was a new science because researchers were just beginning to be able to compile large amounts of climate data from all over the world. The concept of global climate change was not yet on their radars.
  • Spare Parts: More than a decade ago, doctors predicted that someday it would be possible to use cells to grow tissues and even whole organs. And they were right!

"With the Internet, mobile computing, global climate change and more, science is integral to kids' lives like never before," said Science World executive editor Patricia Janes. "For the past fifty years, Science World has explained scientific news and discoveries in a way that helps students understand and get excited about science."

Science World’s sister publication, SuperScience®, a Scholastic magazine with science news for kids in grades 3-6, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. A special feature in the March 2009 issue takes a look at science stories that kids were reading 20 years ago, including the Exxon Valdez oil spill, the Hubble Space Telescope, and NASA’s plan to send humans to Mars by 2011. To learn more about Science World and SuperScience, go to The Science Explorations program is a collaboration of Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History, one of the world’s preeminent scientific, educational and cultural institutions.

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