Cutting-edge research science in the schools? It is possible, oh yes!

Elisa Palazzi, Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (CNR-ISAC), Torino, (I)

Have you ever thought about writing a science article for kids? If the answer is “yes!” the “Science Journal for Kids” could be the solution.

The Science journal for kids (http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/) is a non-profit open access academic journal tailored for children and teenagers.

By publishing kid-friendly adaptations of cutting-edge scientific papers, the aim of this journal is to make scientific research discoveries on environmental sciences more accessible to school kids and their teachers, to children and to the general audience as well.

I was contacted a few months ago by Tanya Dimitrova, editor of the Science Journal for kids, to explore my interest in having one of my own recent papers adapted for this “special” Journal, and whether I had a particular paper in mind. Well … I put around 1 nanosecond to decide that I was very interested in doing this wonderful experience!

We opted for a paper published within the past year focused on elevation-dependent warming (EDW) in the Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau and on its driving mechanisms. The original paper is accessible open-access here https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00382-016-3316-z.

EDW, one of the most clear regional manifestations of global warming, is the mechanism by which high-elevation regions are warming more and faster than adjacent lower-lying regions or compared to the globally-averaged surface temperature increase. Amplified warming in the mountains could lead to serious consequences for the high-altitude ecosystems (glacier melt, biodiversity loss, etc.) and for the downstream society that benefits of the good and services provided by healthy high-altitude mountain regions. I was more than happy to work for making this paper accessible to students and contribute in my own small way to make it a study topic in the school programs.

So, we started! The first, hardest work of translating the original paper into a kid/student friendly language, was done by the super-efficient staff of the Science Journal for kids and after a number of fruitful and nice iterations we came to the end result!

Here is the link to the paper and the related teacher’s resources:

http://www.sciencejournalforkids.org/science-articles/why-are-the-himalayas-getting-hotter.

Enjoy reading!

It was definitely a wonderful experience and one of the best experiences I’ve had in publishing.

Elisa Palazzi

 

 

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