Science site brings the brain to young minds

By Bethany Brookshire, 11:00 AM February 4, 2014

Writing about science for young people is hard. There are many rules, and even more little tricks. Don’t swear (of course). No passive voice. Stay away from commas, and never use a semicolon. Avoid words with more than three syllables. Keep sentences short. Define everything. Don’t condescend. The minds may be young but they aren’t stupid.

But even if you follow all of these guidelines, you can’t just hand sixth grade students an article about optogenetics and expect them to “get it.” When som...

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