Science Writing

I LOVE science. I always have. In high school when my friends were reading teen romance novels, I was reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. When my friends were excited because someone had brought the latest issue of Tiger Beat to school, I was excited because I’d discovered that the appendix of my physics book explained the theory of relativity. My friends hung posters of Duran Duran and Bon Jovi on their bedroom walls. I hung a poster of Albert Einstein on mine.

I felt a ZAP—the thrill of unlocking a secret of the universe—when I learned how a rainbow forms, or why a water bug can stand on a pond’s surface, or why if you travel into space at close to the speed of light and come back an hour later, everyone you left behind will have grown old. I still get that feeling when I learn a scientific secret. But the best part is that now I don’t have to keep it to myself. I write for terrific science magazines and book publishers that give me the chance to share the excitement with kids and teens.

Since 2003, I’ve been writing for Science World, a classroom magazine published by Scholastic for students in grades 6-10. Sometimes I also write for Scholastic’s grades 3-6 science magazine, SuperScience. The fun thing about these magazines is that, even though they’re top-notch teaching tools that accurately explain scientific concepts, the focus is always on a great story. How is an engineer using physics to solve the mystery of a missing Leonardo da Vinci mural? Read the article from the February 20, 2010, issue of Science World. Why is a scientist breeding what he calls “the most dangerous animal in the world”? Find out by reading the article published in the March 21, 2011, issue.

I’ve written more than 120 articles and interviewed nearly 200 people for Scholastic’s science magazines. You’ll find links to some of these articles below. I also wrote several science readings for Expert 21, Scholastic’s new English language arts program.

Some of my other books and magazine articles involve science, and you can read about those elsewhere on this site. For instance, all of my reference books are science-based. It’s a great feeling when I get an e-mail from a kid who used one of these books to research a term paper or other class assignment.

Did I mention that I love science?

Science World (grades 6-10)

SuperScience (grades 3-6)