During the pandemic’s lockdown and social distancing measures, people rely on online technology to learn, work and to be connected. At She Speaks Science, our stories require internet connection to reach readers all over the globe. However, almost half the world’s population have no access to the internet. Even in the world’s richest countries, the web doesn’t keep everyone connected and the pandemic has widened this digital divide.
To make sure that we reach the young learners who have little or no digital access, we partnered with Cambridge Science Centre, an educational charity, to bring science to the doorsteps of under-served children in the UK. We took over the August edition of OpenUpScience, a free paper magazine that aims to inspire and entertain children during the COVID-19 lockdown. We packed it with space-themed stories, puzzles, and experiments that can all be done at home.
If you are curious to try out the Mars maze or to know whether aliens exist, you can now download the issue.
The magazine is distributed through food banks, charities and social enterprises to reach the most vulnerable and is now in circulation across East England. For more info, and to order your own copies visit OpenUpScience website.
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