About Us

Young Scientist targets high school students, parents and the public with the primary goal of improving their understanding and appreciation of science and scientific achievements. While the magazine, with its original and engaging science stories and interactive features, is expected to be an informal source for learning science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) for the public, it will provide an outside classroom STEM learning experience for the young students. Moreover, the articles are related to but are not part of the science and math curriculum. The magazine will convey facts (e.g., what is large hadron collider), issues (e.g., what causes the auroras), and concerns (e.g., global warming) in all the basic sciences, Physical sciences, Life Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences, Mathematics; and Technology. The magazine provides an opportunity for the inquisitive, regardless of their age or background, to explore the expansive field of science and scientific research through the original articles, fun games and other interactive features.

Young Scientist is fundamentally innovative since the articles are written by scientists and researchers on their own original research work, omitting the technicalities understandable only to the specialists, while retaining the depth of the subject. In this way, it strongly links the formal and informal learning and connects research and dissemination. We believe, Young Scientist could make a lasting positive impact on how science and technology subjects are perceived by youngsters through breathing a sense of curiosity and scientific inquiry into their minds.

A genuine inquiry into what instills real interest in science and scientific attitude into the young minds of our children takes us beyond the classroom. And, we realize the necessity to empower parents to invest in STEM learning. As President Obama put it, “It’s family that first instills the love of learning in a child.” Young Scientist is conceived keeping in mind the potential broader impact on the parents’ (and the public’s) awareness of the importance of learning science and help develop a true and genuine interest in science and scientific methods of problem solving in their children. The magazine, both the print and web editions, supports STEM learning throughout the lifespan, as it is easily accessible anywhere, anytime. With the simple but intriguing feature stories on various science topics, latest news in scientific research in every realms of science, engineering and technology, and other interactive features, Young Scientist is expected to have a lasting positive impact on young student and the public in general.

The original idea of a science magazine for high school kids was conceived by Bala Poduval, who is the Editor-in-Chief, a few years ago. She remembers vividly how inspiring were the various childrens’ science magazines of her younger days in Kerala. A research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado, Poduval started the online version of Young Scientist in the Summer of 2010, strongly motivated by her own childhood experience. She is strongly supported by a team of dedicated and committed scientists and colleagues. The full list of the personnel will be available here shortly.

About Shasthram: it is a Malayalam word derived from the Sanskrit word saastra, denoting rules in general. It is a suffix used to denote specialized knowledge in any field. For example, Bhoutika Sastra (Physics), Artha Sastra (Economics) and Neeti Sastra (Political science).

Malayalam is spoken in the state of Kerala, on the western coast in South India. It is one of the Dravidian languages and is the official language of Kerala. Nearly 36 million people speak this language. Though Malayalam has a Tamil root, many words are derived from Sanskrit.

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Young Scientist Team