Whizz Pop Bang reader Elsa supports Annabelle’s Challenge charity with magic envelopes

We often receive requests for prizes, and we love to help where we can. Last week we received a handwritten letter from Whizz Pop Bang reader Elsa, who is nearly 8, asking for help supporting her event to raise money for the charity Annabelle’s Challenge.

We’re super impressed with Elsa’s letter and determination to support this charity. She’s even included a plan of how magic envelopes work, top job Elsa!

And we’re delighted to be helping Elsa with her magic envelopes campaign… we look forward to hearing from the lucky Whizz Pop Bang winner. Good luck to Elsa and her friends, doing a fantastic job helping to raise money for people with vascular EDS.

Annabelle’s Challenge is the UK charity for Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (vascular EDS), a rare life limiting genetic disorder. The charity raise funds for research, awareness campaigns and offer support and advice for people living with the condition. To find out more visit https://www.annabelleschallenge.org

How to nurture curious and inquisitive young minds

“Remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” 
Professor Stephen Hawking

Why are curiosity and inquisitiveness important?

The confidence to question is one of the greatest gifts we can give our children. The ability to answer questions comes further down the list – it’s that sense of wonder that is such an important building block. 

This skill isn’t only important for scientists, either – it’s vital for navigating the wide world. Knowing how to question, for example, if a news story can be trusted, whether a politician’s promise can be believed, how to find out how something works, and so on, is crucial for us all. 

We’re all born with an innate curiosity. First words soon form first questions: “Why shoes? Why breakfast? Why moon?” Let’s be honest, this isn’t always adorable – but reframing the ‘why’ phase as ‘a wonderful first glimpse into an enquiring young mind,’ might help us appreciate it more! Who knows what great questions our children may ask throughout their lives – and what incredible answers they might be driven to find. 

So how can we encourage this curiosity and help to shape the next generation of inventors, engineers, medics, educators, change makers and more?

1. Question everything

Children are little sponges, so sharing your own enquiring mind with your curious children can encourage their own questions. 

On a journey, you might wonder: 

“Where does that road lead?”

“What will that new building look like when it’s finished?” 

“How does gritting the road stop us from slipping?” 

While cooking lunch, you could ask: 

“Will turning the heat up make this cook faster?”

“How do these food scraps turn into compost?”  

At bedtime, read the start of a story, then prompt: 

“What happens next?” 

Who knows what other questions, lively debate or answers you’ll inspire (and, let’s be realistic, the occasional “Shhhhh mum/dad!” is inevitable too!)

2. Foster a “give it a try”

Answers aren’t the aim of this game: it’s the confidence to speak out when something has got you wondering. Helping your child to understand that you don’t have to know or understand everything, but instead that the process of learning itself can be exciting and rewarding. Add the word “yet” onto the end of frustrated cries of “I don’t know how,” “I don’t understand” and “I can’t do it” to turn defeat into the start of a voyage of curiosity.

3. Celebrate mistakes

Getting things wrong can be annoying and hard for any of us to handle, but mistakes can also be funny, informative and surprising. Did you know that Play-doh, Saccharin sweetener and the microwave were all the result of accidental discoveries? Help your child to understand why something hasn’t worked as expected, get excited about any surprising results, then work out how you can vary the process to get a different outcome next time!

4. Add a little Whizz Pop Bang!

Picking up the latest issue of Whizz Pop Bang is enough to awaken anyone’s curiosity, so surprise your scientist-in-the making by setting up a lab in your kitchen and getting stuck in to some experiments. Need more inspiration? Click here to take a look inside the Planetary Adventures issue where you can find out how to cook potato planets, craft a solar system model and read an interview with a Martian (aka someone who has lived in an environment set up to mimic Mars!)

Mission: Awaken curiosity accomplished!

British Science Week competition!

To celebrate Science Week 2019 we’re running a competition with John Adams, to win one of these cool science kits! To enter simply tell us which type of science, or STEM topic your child loves most, enter your answer in the box below.

Competition closes at midnight on Sunday 17th March. Three lucky winners will receive one of these science kits: Mission to Mars, Thinking Time or Beating Heart. Winners will be chosen at random, and prizes will be sent out buy John Adams.

WIN! Brilliant Ideas from Wonderful Women

It’s International Women’s Day 2019 and to celebrate we’ve got three copies of this super cool book to give away! To enter this competition simply answer this question…

Which famous female scientist discovered that Earth has an inner core, as well as a mantle and outer core? 
1. Inge Lehmann
2. Katherine Johnson
3. Agnes Arber

Answer in the comments box below by midnight on Sunday 10/3/19 👇🏾
(Hint: the answer is in the QUAKE RATTLE AND ROLL issue of Whizz Pop Bang!)

Celebrating World Book Day with a free book token inside Whizz Pop Bang!

Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for kids QUAKE RATTLE AND ROLL

We’ve teamed up with World Book Day to give Whizz Pop Bang readers a free book token in our Active Earth ‘Quake, Rattle and Roll’ issue!

To get your free book simply cut out your voucher and take it to your local bookshop (find your local participating bookshop here) and swap it for one of the TWELVE (exclusive, new and completely FREE) World Book Day books. For more details about the £1 book for Ireland click here.

Or, if you’d prefer, you can use your book token to get £1 off any full price book instead. And if you’d rather get an audiobook, that’s fine too! It’s your choice, just as long as the book or audiobook costs at least £2.99 (or €3.99 in Ireland).

Then all YOU have to do is take your book home and enjoy it! 📙

The £1 books are also available in braille, large print & audio via Guide Dogs and RNIB. For braille and audio call 0303 123 9999 and for large print call 0118 9838275. The World Book Day book tokens are valid from Thursday 28 February – Sunday 31 March 2019.

Thanks to National Book Tokens and lots of lovely book publishers and booksellers, World Book Day, in partnership with schools all over the country, will be distributing more than 15 million £1 World Book Day book tokens to children and young people (that’s almost one for every child/young person under 18 in the UK and Ireland).

Share a story with a budding scientist on World Book Day! We know our readers love reading about science, so we’ve put together our top 7 science stories for kids

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving

When Matilda discovers that her astrophysicist Granny once discovered a planet, she’s furious that her sneaky boss has tried to take the credit. Will our science-loving hero get to the Nobel Prize ceremony before the award goes to the wrong person?

The Matilda Effect by Ellie Irving

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day, The Many Lives of Albie Bright and The Jamie Drake Equation by Christopher Edge

The Infinite Lives of Maisie Day  The Many Worlds of Albie Bright  The Jamie Drake Equation

This gripping series uses physics, astronomy, maths and more to tell fantastic, science-packed-stories with more twists than a bowl of fusilli pasta.

The Great Rocket Robbery by Frank Cottrell-Boyce

Great Rocket Robbery- Jacket

This £1 World Book Day book puts a fun, fictional spin on the story of Laika, the dog who went to space.

Moth by Isabel Thomas

Moth by Isabel Thomas

A beautiful picture book exploring evolution through the story of the peppered moth, written by Whizz Pop Bang’s resident science expert, Isabel Thomas.

The DNA Detectives series by Dr Mandy Hartley

The DNA Detectives DNA detectives Smuggler's Daughter

The heroes of this crimes series use DNA and forensic science to solve mysteries and uncover incredible secrets.

Have you got a favourite science story? Tell us all about it, we love a good book review!👇🏾

Helping children in Nepal to enjoy science

We have one simple aim for Whizz Pop Bang, and that’s to help as many children as possible to enjoy the wonderful world of science.

A few months ago a man called Brian Mildenhall, who works for a charity in Nepal, phoned and asked if we could donate some magazines for the children he helps. Brian works for a charity called Freedom Kit Bags which was set up to help end period poverty in Nepal. As well as supplying sanitary wear for women and girls, the team behind Freedom Kit Bags deliver education too.

Brian took a box of Whizz Pop Bang magazines on his most recent trip out to Nepal, and just last week he sent us these heart-warming photos of the children reading them at school. We’re all so touched to see our magazines in the hands of Nepalese children and teachers, helping them to read English and enjoy science. Thank you Brian and team for doing what you do! ❤️👍🏾🧠

Old Faithful Geyser in Yellowstone National Park

The world famous Old Faithful geyser in Yellowstone Park in America is a vent in the Earth’s surface that spurts boiling water up to 40 metres into the air every few hours. Watch it in action here 👇🏾

This geyser is listed in our 10 Awesomely Amazing Geological Wonders featured in the Active Earth ‘Quake, Rattle and Roll’ issue of Whizz Pop Bang science magazine for kids.

Whizz Pop Bang active earth issue

International women and girls in science day!

Big shout out to Whizz Pop Bang girls today – it’s international women and girls in science day 👩🏽‍🔬🎉👨🏼‍🔬👏🏾 We’re hugely proud to be inspiring scientists of the future… girls & boys!
 
Thanks to these two super scientists from Shaw Ridge primary school for sending in their rendition of the periodic table song, you’ve got amazing memories!👇🏿

WIN! FReNeTiC the awesome new word game for science-lovers!

FReNeTiC competition prize

To celebrate the official launch of 150 years of the Periodic Table we’re giving away this brilliant brand new game FReNeTiC

FReNeTiC is the word game frenzy that pits players againt the clock – and the elements! Racing to make words from symbols of the Periodic Table, you score by adding together the atomic numbers of the elements you use… perfect for science, maths and word lovers!

To enter simply answer the question below by midnight on 10th February. Full terms and conditions on our website.

One of the elements in the periodic table is named after a famous female scientist, is it…
a) Margaret Curry
b) Mary Carey
c) Marie Curie

Go!!! 👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾