Brainy Kids

Brainy Kids, a portal of science-related resources for kids and teenagers, is a section of the Dana Foundation’s website I’d like to highlight.

The page is divided into three categories: Fun, The Lab, and Lesson Plans. If you are a young girl (5-17) looking to discover science, technology, engineering or math, you’d definitely want to check out the Girls Go Tech website, listed in the “Fun” section. Girls Go Tech is run by the Girl Scouts of America, and has sections to explain various aspects of the engineering field, new technological advances, and games for every age group. You can explore interactive coloring, and stay updated on proper texting etiquette or take quizzes for fun. I also like that the site promotes “girl power” and emphasizes the importance of intelligence.

The Lab section includes a link to “Kids Health: The Brain is the Boss,” a fun gateway for young kids (10 and under) to learn about the brain and how it works. The site has sections such as Staying Healthy, Kids’ Dictionary of Medical Words, and the Growing Mind and Body. There are articles, podcasts, videos, and games in both English and Spanish.

Coming soon to the Lesson Plan section is a link to the Scientific American education page. There, kids ages 6-12 can learn about recycling, listen to science podcasts and read articles about anything from the weather and space to science experiments at home.

The Brainy Kids section is updated quarterly so check it out for new and exciting things!

–Blayne Jeffries

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