The First 7 Years
This year marked an important milestone for us as an organization. We completed our proverbial first 7 years. So it was a perfect moment to take stock and assess our path so far. Despite being a small organization, everyone on our team shares a feeling of groundedness and confidence that we are providing solid high-quality content for our hundreds of thousands of devoted readers.
In addition to our primary content – scientific articles – this year we experimented with a lot of new types of content: dual-level articles for differentiated instruction, interviews with researchers, video lesson ideas, and a couple of podcasts.
Thank you for being on this educational mission with us.
Founder and Managing Editor
In 2022 we published:
- 48 new scientific articles
- 6 of the articles are in 2 reading levels
- We covered topics from a wide range of fields:
- 23 articles translated from English into Spanish, French, Chinese, Mongolian, Russian, and Bulgarian
- 20+ blog posts with article collections, lesson ideas, and other useful resources
Over the past 12 months:
- Our articles have been downloaded more than 250,000 times.
- We had 330,000+ unique readers.
- Our website had over 1 million pageviews.
Who are our readers?
The majority are teachers – high school and middle school science and ELA/ESL. Each teacher who uses our resources shares them with an average of 50 students.
- 55% are students from economically disadvantaged areas (schools with Title 1 or Free and Reduced Meals Program)
- 60% of classes include students with English as a second language
Geographic distribution of readers:
- 60% of our readers are in the USA
- 15% are in UK, Canada, and Australia
- 25% are spread out across all other countries in the world
Teacher survey snippets
New content requests
As part of our annual teacher feedback survey, some of our readers request additional features or types of content. This year, we were able to accommodate many of them. Here are two examples:
We agree that it’s great if the students can graph the data from the original research themselves. So in response, we developed a Data graphing and analysis activity for our article How can we make sure to catch only the fish we want to eat?
This was added to our Data Analysis Collection of teaching activities and lesson ideas.
In response, we adapted this research paper about intestinal worm infections in people who lived in medieval England. (Spoiler alert: on average half of them had roundworms. Phew, that makes us grateful for modern hygiene and healthcare!)
Science Journal for Kids was produced by a team of:
- 4 editors
- 10 writers
- 2 designers
- 10+ support members and volunteers
The longest-standing team members have been with us since 2016, sharing their experience with newer team members and ensuring consistency of style and quality.
2022 Revenue: $76,221 in total
- Grants from foundations: $39,000
- Government grants: $13,800
- Program service revenue (publication fees): $20,720
- Donations (contributions from individuals): $2,701
2022 Expenses: $76,269 in total
- Program services
- Scientific articles: $52,590
- Audio, Video & Additional content: $10,635
- Management and General: $10,180
- Fundraising: $2,864