Friday, May 13, 2016

Giveaway + Review: Young Scientists magazines!

The kid and I love Science, no doubt about it. That's one of the things that we really benefited from homeschooling. With Science, the beauty of it is that it is evident in our daily lives where we can often find a topic to discuss and talk about even during walks.

Some of our more interest experiments include dissecting owl pellets, making water disappear as well as learning more about Mr Seahorse. With each topic that we go into (and it is often child-led), the kiddo would ask more about the topic and it would often lead to our many trips to the library to hunt for suitable resources.

Even now that we are in formal schooling, I still try to make time for her to explore Science at the home front. It was some time last year when we chanced upon some Science magazines - Young Scientists, at Popular bookstore which the kiddo stood for a long while flipping through the sample copies.

:: What is it?
The Young Scientists is a magazine for children presented in a comic format. The magazines come in 4 levels - 1 through to 4 where 1 is for Primary 1 & 2 (introduction to Science) and level 4 covers lower Secondary Science topics.

Past issues (e.g. for the year 2015) are sold as a box set of 10 issues.


:: Contents Page
Importantly, The Young Scientists magazine is based on the latest Singapore MOE syllabus. Hence the content and concepts covered map back to the Lower / Upper blocks in the local primary school's syllabus.

Organization of information
The information presented each month are in a consistent manner where it is placed in sections such as "Main Course", "YS Detective", "Do You Know", "My Body", etc.


:: What I really like
Based on my understanding, the topics in the Lower Block are Diversity & Systems, and Cycles, Energy & Interactions. A quick look shows that in each issue, these lower block topics are covered.

The information and concept are introduced via a comics format and with this style, the expressions of the characters are often exaggerated. I have often seen the kiddo, after reading the content, flipped back to the earlier pages to look at the illustration again.

Here some things which we really like:

A) The various sections
1) "Everyday Science"

The topics are very much current issues which I feel are really useful for children to be aware of. From the building up of the awareness of guide dogs


To educating the readers on dengue being a major concern in Singapore, this section (very much like the others) is presented in a very engaging manner.

The pages also come with "interesting information" and "vocabulary" blurbs at the bottom.



2) Do You Know?

Being naturally curious, this is one of the sections which I often flip to for all the issues. There are often interesting and cool facts shared about animals (e.g. marine animals, pets, etc).

Just check out the cool Thaumoctopus Mimicus below!

It can impersonate up to 15 animals including a sea snake and a lion fish! That's a major talent! *gasp*

 
3) YS Detective Agency

Science is good for making inferences and the YS Detective Agency section does just that. In each issue, YS Detective Agency is presented with a case to solve. From food poisoning to murder to "mysterious" accident, Froggie and his team solved them all.

What I like about the stories / cases are the questions Froggie and his team asks where they can then draw hypothesis and conclusions. I feel that through the stories shared, it helps to hone the reader's critical thinking and problem solving skills.




I feel that the series is really informative and engaging and is a perfect way to introduce your children to Science concepts.

B) Practice Papers
To test understanding of concepts, 10 sets of practice papers are included in each box set. These are useful checkpoints on the child's understanding if parents wish to extend the activities / discussions as it also maps back to the same Science topics:  Diversity & Systems, and Cycles, Energy & Interactions.



For older children, I feel that they can also be left to do the papers on their own and then check against the answer key. My kid tried it out on her own interest too. 

All in all, the kiddo and I highly recommended this series as it is truly engaging and informative!  

Excited much? I am pleased to share that I have 3 box sets of 2015's The Young Scientists magazines to give away! 


1 x 2015 Level 1 Collection Set (For Pri 1&2)
1 x 2015 Level 2 Collection Set (For Pri 3&4)
1 x 2015 Level 3 Collection Set (For Pri 5&6)!


Just participate in the rafflecopter below!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

:: Terms and conditions:
1) As the sponsor is based in SG, this contest is open to Singaporeans with a local address only. 
2) The prizes are not transferable and they cannot be exchanged for cash.
3) Only entries via Rafflecopter are valid. 
4) Answers to the question via rafflecopter MUST be listed in the comment box below to qualify. Please remember to leave your name and your email address. 
Please also indicate which level (1, 2 or 3) you wish to win! 
5) Closing Date of Giveaway: 22 May 2016, 2359 hrs.
6) Winners must respond to my email within 48 hours otherwise, they will be given to another winner. 
7) The giveaway is not endorsed, associated with administrated by Facebook. 

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored giveaway. We are not compensated for the post. All opinions expressed are entirely ours. 

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84 comments:

  1. We like the topic on everyday science as it lets the kids appreciate how science is applied to things and situations they are familiar with.

    Pomo
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  2. Wow.. My two children enjoys Science and I am sure they would enjoy it. I would like to have level 3. Hope to win..
    KaRen Ong
    Email: karen_opk@yahoo.com

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  3. Science is more hands on & fun
    Hope to Instill this Fire In them by wining the Level 1 set
    Odeoct2009@gmail.com

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  4. Science is most effective during experiential learning. It is everywhere around you and it will be an exciting journey to be able to show my kids how theory and practical applications can go hand in hand.

    Level 1, please.
    Email: yabbie@gmail.com

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  5. Science is something I struggle with. I always search for fun experiments for the kids but end up doing the same ones with them over and over. They've got a keen interest in Science that I'm afraid to kill because of my lack of creativity!

    Level 1 would be wonderful for my little ones, please!
    junliat@gmail.com

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  6. Everyday science is best for my kids as it will give them answer to their why.
    We will like to win level 2
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  7. Everyday science is best for my kids as it will give them answer to their why.
    We will like to win level 2
    Email amandasoh@gmail.com

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  8. I would like to win Level 1.
    My girls are interested to know where rain come from.

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  9. My son loves magnetism topic best, he is fascinated about the pull and push of magnets and thinks that magnets stick to objects because they have some kind of glue or some magical properties. He loves all different shapes and sizes of magnets. He likes to use them to perform magic shows for the whole family.
    I'd love to win level 3 please. Thanks.
    leechlouis@gmail.com

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  10. My eldest Son love the topic on magnets! Hope to win level 3 as he's in primary 5.
    Thanks for giveaway!
    Adaline21@hotmail.com

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  11. My girl loves 'Everyday Science' & 'Do you know' topics the best as she is always curious to know why or how. We adult dont know, it is through reading to find the answer. The set of science books given will be very useful to her. Hope to win level 1 or 2 as she is in primary 2 now.
    Email: gina_tian@yahoo.com.sg

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  12. Everyday Science as they can relate to it.

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  13. My boys are really into animals and they are curious about their everything! How they are form, where they live and what do they eat etc etc. Hope to win level 2 collection set for them so they can expand their knowledge as well as mine.��

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  14. My boy is an avid Young Scientist lover. He especially loves the topic on cycles. He is always fascinated by the metamorphosis of animals/insects and loves how Young Scientist present these interesting facts through comic illustration.
    Hope to win level 2 collection!

    Email: annielee_78@yahoo.com

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  15. My boy loves the human body topic. He has loved Science since young

    e-mail. Dominiquegoh (at) gmail (dot) com

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  16. Making kids understand about science through simple daily examples and activities would be a great opportunity for the kids to enjoy the subject. I would love to receive the first level.

    Siny Sebastian , e mail ID : siny25@gmail

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  18. He love animal ..love to see how the animal react..
    Julie tan

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  19. My eldest has been fascinated with space since very young. I guess that is the effect of sleeping under a ceiling pasted with neon space scape stickers.

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  20. My son wants to grow up to be an architect. Ever since he learned that the relationship between the sun and shadows formation are useful to architects in the designing of buildings, "Energy" has become his favourite topic.

    I hope to win level 3 collection for him!

    Email : tetjoyce@yahoo.com.sg

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  21. I like the flooded book and forget the title. I would like to have the Level 3 book. Thank you.

    From:Leroy

    Email: ah_ling06@hotmail.com

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  22. the kiddos are into animals! They love animals since young
    chengling tan
    chengling@outlook.com

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  23. My son loves astronomy most, he is always reading about planets and asking me about black holes etc..I think it appeals to his childlike sense of wonder to realise that the universe is so enormous it is almost impossible to imagine the magnitude..
    I would love to have the Level 2 Young Scientist Series for him, thanks!

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  24. Would love to win level 1 young scientist!! My boys love animals and would like to find out more about their life cycles, the things they eat and prey on!

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  25. I bought 2015 level 1 for my P1 gals to learn and read.. They love it so much that they are reading the books every night.. Even my K1 boy is also reading it. I hope to win Level 2 for my kids. Thanks
    daphnewangyj@gmail.com
    Daphne Wang

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  26. My kids love Diversity and Systems. They are curious about their surroundings and would love to learn more. Hope to win Level 3 for them. Thanks!
    chanzoey8@gmail.com

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  27. I'll like level 2 please!
    Rebbymum@gmail.com

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  28. Eli loves nature and loves to get up close and personal with animals and plants. Would love to win Level 2 set. Thanks.


    Robert_sim@yahoo.com

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  29. She likes to play with magnets.
    edenie98@yahoo.com

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  30. Light as the experiment interest him.
    Will love to have Level 1.
    j_xian@hotmail.com

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  31. My girl likes the topic on magnets. She enjoys learning all the magnetic information about the world of magnetism and how magnetism work in our daily life. I would love to win a set of Level 3 collection for her.
    Megan
    rikku.ger@gmail.com

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  32. Basically my son loves all topics on science, especially those that allows hands on experiential experiences like magnets and heat etc!

    tinkene@gmail.com

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  33. Science mags are my son's favourite reads anytime! Level 2 please!

    brenda_clm@yahoo.com

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  34. My daughter likes the topic on human body, she once given the opportunity to present the digestive system and enjoyed the process of picking up the terminology, the science and making a simple model of the system.

    I would like to get Level 3, shall i win this giveaway.

    Name: pc
    Email: khor.pc@gmail.com

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  35. My girl loves about the flora and fauna she learns currently in Primary 3. I am glad that she poses me questions on why plants grow and I am proud to teach her the term photosynthesis.

    I love to win Level 2

    edtan66@hotmail.com

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  36. This book is very interesting and also important for my kids this year which she is P3 this year and she need to undergo study new subject which is science. Come with this book hopefully she can improve more on the topic.

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  37. My daughter simply loves science. She always asks us things like 'why does the sun set?', 'why are leaves green in colour' and 'how do we breathe?'

    I hope to win level 1 collection for her!

    Name: Ms Sim
    Email: ssarone@yahoo.com


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  38. My kids love young scientist cos it share informative facts thru animated comics.Eveyday science is an interesting section where kids gets to discover new things around us.

    We would love to win level 2 series.

    FB Name: Evelyn Hu
    Email: xuelyn@gmail.com

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  39. My girl or P2 likes to read and she likes this collection and wanted me to subscribe for her. This is a chance for me to win and give her a chance to read during Jun holiday!

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  40. My P1 girl likes human anatomy best because she aspires to be a doctor! Hope to win the level 1 set for her!

    Karen Low
    kar_1@hotmail.com

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  41. My girl likes robotics stuff
    Teo Yee Long
    trantrulla@hotmail.com

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  42. My boy is in P2 & is crazy over animals.
    My email is vanessatansl@yahoo.com.sg

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  43. Which Science topic does your child like best and why?

    My 8year old boy loves venomous animals most.
    My 5 year old girl loves nature science. Eg water cycle and plants.

    FB : Candy Tan

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  44. My kids love the nature. They love to inspect the trees and leaves to look at their trunks, leaves, leaf vein patterns etc. Hope to win one level 2 set for them to read.

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  45. My kids love everyday Science as they are always asking why why why.. And how it works!!
    FB: Joanna tan
    Email: Joanna.tan.ruoling@gmail.com

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  46. My Son likes to learn about the states of matter. Would love to win a level 1 set for him.
    Jolin
    Babyhappie@hotmail.com

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  47. My kids love nature and animals. Hope to win level 3 for my nephew.
    Adeline Tan huixiu
    Adelinetan03@hotmail.com

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  48. My kids love nature and animals. Hope to win level 3 for my nephew.
    Adeline Tan huixiu
    Adelinetan03@hotmail.com

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  49. My son loves the topic of Magnet. Hope to win Level 1.
    ll_khor@yahoo.com

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  50. My son would definitely like to explore for answers to his curiosity.

    Shu Fen
    sufen0829@gmail.com
    Level 1

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  51. My sons love magnets as they enjoy experimenting the various types of magnets with different types of materials. Same experiments done over and over again never seems to bore them at all!

    FB: Ang Chris
    chrishonghf@gmail.com
    Level 1

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  52. My boy loves the "Do you know?" Section.He finds it interesting and amazed when reading that page.one particularly where he read that an octopus mummy dies around the time her eggs are hatch.He always likes to ask "do you know mum?"

    Angeline Heng
    fruityfruit8@hotmail.com
    Level 2

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  53. My son likes Magnets the most! The property of like and unlike poles repelling and attracting each other and how this property is used in different occasions are fascinating to him. :)

    Hope to win Level 3 for him!!!

    Felicia
    fur_li@hotmail.com

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  54. my daughter loves the sun, moon, planets and stars.
    Teo Chin Long
    johnteo1978@gmail.com

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  55. Our 10yr old has a curious and inquisitive mind. One of the things he show strong interest is chemistry, I am driven bonkers by his questions about matters and their substance/components, tough questions to me coz I am not a chemistry student. Google is our best friend *phew*

    We love to lay our hands on Level 3 YS magazines. Thanks!

    Jennifer Lim
    jennlimbh(at)gmail(dot)com

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  56. My child is interested in magnets because it seemed magical to her that they would attract and repel, depending on which pole she uses.

    We would love to win the level 1 series.

    Lilium Day
    walk_of_life(at)live[dot]com

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  57. My daughter loves the topic in heredity and reproduction. She loves to know how animals and plants reproduce in different ways.

    I would love to win level 3 series.

    Name: Sonia Yong
    Email: sonia_ysf@yahoo.com

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  58. I love Science because I love the look I get on my kids face when they get an explanation into something complicated. Who doesn’t want to know how things work? My kids are always curious about a whole range of things, and science is all about learning how they work. This approach has given them wonderful things.

    I hope to win Level 3 for them!

    Name: Tessa Tepase
    Email: prinsesang@yahoo.com

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  59. My son loves bugs and insects. He could sit for hours to read the facts.

    Hope to win Level 2 for him! ;P

    Eunice Lim
    sweeteeunice@hotmail.com

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  61. Hope that I can win Level one for my son who is now very into Science.
    jennie.tan.yanni@gmail.com

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  62. My P3 boy loves diversity and enjoys reading The Young Scientist during his free time. Hope to win level 2 for him.
    Serene Leow
    liaoserene@hotmail.com

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  63. My girl loves System topic the most. She finds it interesting to learn about how plants and human systems works and is totally amazed of it. She would love to have level 3.
    Liked n shared!

    Jen
    Jennise78@yahoo.com

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  64. My gal likes System the most because she finds it intesting and curious how plant and human systems work. This has made her likes Science even more at school. She will love to have level 3.
    Liked and shared.

    Jen
    Jennise78@yahoo.com

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  65. My boy loves the topic on diversity. He says that it is interesting to learn that our surrounding (including the plants and animal) is part of science topic.

    Level 3, please.

    Name : Carolyn Lim
    Email : carolyn_lim2004@yahoo.com.sg

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  66. Biology as life around fascinates him.
    Level 1
    Joanne Yeo
    Yoyolo@live.com.au

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  67. Kris Eng
    kriseng@hotmail.com
    Level 2

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  68. My kids love Systems as it enables them to learn more about their bodies.
    Stephanie Seow
    Sseow76@hotmail.com

    Level 3

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  69. My daughter loves everyday science ! It's all so interesting and informative !!! Learning in a fun way is awesome for kids!

    Level 1 please if we win ! Thanks !!!

    Candace
    missycandyprincess@gmail.com

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  70. My daughter loves everything really!
    animals, plants, solar systems to digestive systems..

    level 1 if we win please!
    thank you for hosting!

    Jacquelene
    furrypawie@gmail.com

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  71. My P1 loves this magazines and have been reading all the old copies that his elder boy has collected through the year. Hope to win it for him.

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  72. I have 8 year old twin boys. They are very curious about the human body and love that topic. They aspire to be a doctor and a dentist so that they can take good care of Mummy and Daddy😍
    FB: Rebecca Sim
    Email: rebecca_sim@hotmail.com

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  73. My son luv it so much that he said if he bring 1 copy to school for silent reading, other classmates dun get a chance to read! So he decided to bring 8 copies!

    Email: kimifin@gmail.com
    Wendy Ang

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  74. My son is really interested in Science and with the help of these materials it can boost his knowledge and confidence in the coming years.

    We would like to win the P1 books 😊.
    Email address: chinkkikay@gmail.com

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  75. My kid always loved nature and animals and hence quite keen more on both topics.

    Email: cardz_house@yahoo.co.uk
    Name: Andy Neo
    FB: Andy Neo

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