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2023 Annual Impact Report

Now in our 8th year, we are still a small organization but we have a disproportionately large impact. We reach more than 8 million students in the U.S. alone – and many others around the world. What do they get from us? Nothing less than an understanding of HOW science works. 

Teachers in our network use our content to teach their students – the future electorate – about the scientific method. This type of knowledge is covered only at a superficial level in textbooks and other content-focused STEM resources. 

In the year when ChatGPT became freely available to every student in the world, we asked ourselves some hard questions: is what we offer still worth it? Did we just get replaced by AI? After all, any student can paste a scientific article into ChatGPT and get it summarized for them. And also ask for the answers to their school assignment, while they are at it.

But can they understand how and why ChatGPT fails on certain psychology tests? Do they understand how to structure an experiment to test a compound’s effect on health or the environment? Have they thought about ways to make our society more just: using the scientific method to understand the sources of injustice

That is the power we’re putting in teachers’ hands. And all of that is free for them. Moreover, it costs our donors a mere 5-6 cents per student reached. 

As long as we keep receiving enthusiastic feedback from our teachers and readers, we’ll keep doing what we do. Because the world needs a resource like ours. 

Thank you for your support. 

Cheers,

Tanya Dimitrova

Founder and Managing Editor

Content

Scientific Articles

In 2023 we adapted and published 39 new scientific articles.

Downloads

In 2023, our scientific articles’ had:

  • 350,000 downloads (total over 12 months).
  • 1,000 article downloads per day on average.

 

Most downloads are by teachers who share the article with their entire classroom, so the number of students we reach is in the millions. 

Every school year, our readership grows by an average of 20%. This long-term stable increase demonstrates our organization’s sustainable growth model.

Videos

We created and published 80 new videos.

  • We offer scientific research recaps, lesson idea tutorials for teachers, and text-to-speech versions of our articles for students. 

Our videos’ reach: 

  • Over 36,000 views in 12 months.
  • More than 1,500 hours watched on our YouTube channel.
Podcasts

We created a brand new Ask-a-Scientist Podcast, adding to our two existing podcasts: Lesson Ideas and SJK Audio Edition. 

  • We recorded 10 fun interviews with researchers whose papers we’ve adapted. We got to learn about their life at school, professional challenges, and personal life. 
  • Our podcasts had nearly 8,000 downloads

Audience

At the end of 2023, we have: 

Who are our readers?

The majority are teachers. 

  • Middle school (35%) or high school (61%).
  • Subjects: general science, biology, chemistry, physics, English as a second language, general social science, psychology, and history. 
  • Each teacher who uses our resources shares them with an average of 45 students.
  • 60% teach at economically disadvantaged areas (schools with Title 1 or Free and Reduced Meals Program).
  • 70% of their classes include students with English as a second language.
  • 75% of classes include special ed and neurodiverse students.

Geographic distribution of readers: 

  • 62% of our readers are in the USA.
  • 16% are in the UK, Canada, and Australia.
  • 22% are spread out across all other countries in the world.

Feedback from Readers

M name is P. P. and I am a 16-year-old high school student. For the past few weeks, I have been reading various articles on your website. When I was younger, I remember I used to love reading National Geographic Articles every month, but now that I am older, none of my classes provide science articles for us to read through. After some research, I came across the Science Journal website, and have been reading an article almost every day. Currently, I am really enjoying the technology plus anatomy articles, like the robotic arm article. I never truly knew how prosthetics truly worked until after reading the article. I wanted to thank you for the work you are doing, and hope more students can access this great resource!

Thank you so much for all your hard work putting together all the science materials for students. I struggle with science sometimes, and it makes me really happy to see so many resources kids and teens (including me!) can use.

I’m not even sure how I came across your website. I was just looking for an article on something and got really excited at finding this great FREE resource. I’m at a title 1 school, and it is hard to get any resources paid for. I love finding free resources. This is also so much more than articles. I love that there are different reading levels. I love how these are written like normal science journal articles. I used the article to talk about cancer. I did make some of my own questions, but the students liked the article and did well with it. For the article I worked with, the students like it because naked mole rats are so weird! It got them hooked and we were able to connect it to cancer in humans and why research is important. Lots of funny reactions from the kids seeing the video of the nest of the rats. I think the best thing is to find articles that the kids will be interested in. Engaging kids is hard these days, so weird and strange science is the best way to engage them. I like that you had additional resources such as videos on the topic and those for teachers.

A student's suggestion for an adaptation

Hello, My name is Akshara and I am a middle schooler from Ohio. I love science, reading and writing. I am looking for a science volunteering opportunity and would love to help! Thank you for reviewing my submission, and I’m happy that I could contribute. I saw a sign at the airport one day that said heart disease is the number one killer in women. I was already interested in cardiology, but this got me curious as to whether it is the same in men. I noticed there was a difference in heart disease between men and women, so I was doing some research, and I found this article. I thought the information in it was important for teens and kids to know. I am excited that this topic has been selected, and I’m looking forward to reading a version that I can understand better.

Team

Science Journal for Kids is produced by a team of:

  • 5 writers
  • 5 editors
  • 2 designers
  • 6 outreach managers and volunteers

 

Nearly the entire current team has been with us for more than two years. 

Financials

2023 Revenue: $77,300 in total

  • Grants from foundations: $60,000
  • Government grants: $3,000
  • Program services (publication fees): $11,800
  • Donations (contributions from individuals): $2,500

2023 Expenses: $75,400 in total

  • Program services (content creation): $61,600
  • Management admin and operations: $8,200
  • Fundraising: $5,600
Science Journal for Kids, Inc. 501(c)3 registered since 2015. EIN 47-4628655. Austin, TX, 78751, USA