Friday, 13 November 2015
Whizz, Pop, Bang! Science magazine for kids
Enter Whizz, Pop, Bang! Magazine. The first things I noticed were the quality of the paper and printing (nice and sturdy for repeated enjoyment) and the lack of adverts
The science news was inspiring and relevant to the kids, and I liked the pages in each magazine which feature the life and discoveries of a different scientist each month, including female ones - a group who traditionally have been left out of the history books. Having interviews with working scientists included in the magazines was a really good way of showing a range of different careers available and again contributed to the idea that everything is science - including making chocolate. There's even a section on the back page to add to my store of terrible science and nature jokes.
Kids are natural scientists and engineers and often they lose this as they get older and exposed to a misconception from school that everything to be discovered has already been discovered, or that science is boring and irrelevant. Resources such as this magazine are a vital way to address the issue and keep our science mad kids interested. It's also desperately needed as a resource at Primary School age where science is woefully under-represented in the curriculum. I think the usefulness extends to many kids in the early years of secondary school too, since when I taught 11 and 12 year olds they mostly had no science knowledge and this would be a good way to introduce it in a fun way. As a resource for family learning, whether as part of a schooled child's leisure time or a home educated child's 'school' time it's equally valuable. Finally, the issues contain seasonally themed information and activities, which all adds to the fun. I'm grateful to the folk behind it for putting so much hard work in producing it and getting it into print. I will definitely be subscribing for the boys.
NB: I requested the magazine for product review for my blog because I saw an advert on Facebook and it looked like a great concept. I'm really happy that the producers took me up on my offer and sent me all four currently in print as the magazine has far exceeded my expectations of a kids magazine. No financial incentive involved. Opinions and pictures are all my own.