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Your support will enable articles, visual content, and social media aimed at teaching young people and adults about the South Pole.

Our nonprofit is seeking support for the reporting of a journalistic expedition to Antarctica that aims to educate and enlighten young people and adults about the research going on in one of the world’s most fragile and remote ecosystems.

One of our best, most experienced staff members, Janet Raloff, will travel in December as part of a National Science Foundation program to Antarctica. Janet’s work will appear in both of our publications — Science News and Science News for Kids — and will focus on Antarctica’s climate, the scientific research underway there and other aspects of the continent’s environment. There is a wealth of physical science research underway, especially at the South Pole. Here’s a chance to bring kids the voices of scientists working in some of the most inaccessible reaches of the planet.

Janet is the award-winning editor of Science News for Kids and has been covering science for more than three decades. She is experienced in writing about all fields of science, but she specializes in writing about environmental news and research policy. She is particularly interested in the changing polar biosphere. 

Science News and Science News for Kids are both published by the nonprofit membership organization Society for Science & the Public. The Society also runs the premiere middle school and high school science competitions in the country: Intel Science and Engineering Fair, Intel Science Talent Search and Broadcom MASTERS.

To Antarctica and the South Pole 

What we’re trying to do here, for the first time for us, is undertake a journalistic expedition to Antarctica, providing real-time or near real-time coverage, as well as extensive post coverage, of research underway at some of the most remote sites on the planet. The goal: to make these investigations — and the researchers behind them — come alive for people, especially students. While the National Science Foundation is covering a portion of the trip’s costs, we have to pay for travel, lodging to and from New Zealand, protective gear, extensive medical tests, equipment and other expenses. This Kickstarter project will help us cover these additional costs as well as provide for lots of original in-depth reporting and editing, both during the expedition and after Janet arrives back at our offices.

Help us educate and inspire 

You'll help us create a package of stories and journalism content to educate and inspire young people about one of the remotest parts of our planet. 

Teachers love Science News for Kids (SNK) because it helps even young students understand the real-world importance of scientific inquiry and discovery. SNK is an award-winning online publication dedicated to students, parents, and educators interested in learning more about all areas of science. SNK doesn’t have advertisers, and all of its content is free to everyone around the world. Your support of this project will help us create more education and inspiring content for children and adults all over the world. 

Get social with us 

Janet will be updating everyone on Twitter during her polar expedition (that is, whenever she can get a data connection) and will conduct a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” during or shortly after the trip. This will be your chance to ask someone what it’s like to be in Antarctica and at the South Pole. You’ll also be able to ask questions for Janet to ask of scientists while she is there. 

Who we are 

Science News and Science News for Kids are read by millions of people every month. Science News has been published since 1922 by the nonprofit membership organization Society for Science & the Public. We provide award-winning science coverage every day, and with your help we'll be able to embark on a new mission. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We've been doing award-winning science journalism for almost 100 years, so we feel confident in our ability to deliver high-quality journalism through this project. The biggest challenges will be the physical environment. Antarctica is rough on anyone, and this will be Janet's first trip. We will deliver lots of great content, but it is possible that Janet could be slowed down a bit by the harsh environment. All that would mean is that some of the stories deliver a few days later than expected.

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