National contest unveiled for students ages 6 to 17
TORONTO, Sept. 12, 2017 /CNW/ – As part of Science Literacy Week, Owlkids, publisher of chickaDEEand OWL magazines has partnered with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to launch the inaugural National Science Reading Day on September 20, 2017.
Young Canadians ages 6 to 17 and their classrooms are invited to devote a period of the day between September 19 and 21 to science readings, as well as to enter a Canada-wide contest celebrating National Science Reading Day. There are over $3,000 in prizes to be won, including four classroom prizes and five individual prizes consisting of magazines and books from publishers Owlkids, Simon & Schuster Canada, Nimbus Publishing, and DK Books.
National Science Reading Day highlights the importance, and fun, of science. “By reading science articles, books, comics, or science fiction, children discover the endless possibilities of science. These readers will one day make new discoveries, build new technologies, and solve world problems,” shares Owlkids Publisher Angela Keenlyside.
National Science Reading Day supports the mandate of both Owlkids and the NSERC to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to children and youth.
“Science books have the unique power to enlighten and captivate in equal measure kids of all ages,” says Jesse Hildebrand, founder of Science Literacy Week. “They reveal the amazing discoveries and insights gained from great research and exploration done throughout all of history, and showcase that the best stories are true.”
Owlkids, a division of Bayard Canada, publishes award-winning magazines and books for children ages 2 to 14. Our magazines, Chirp (ages 3-6), chickaDEE (ages 6-9), and OWL (ages 9-13), delight and engage more than 1 million readers every year. Launched in 1976, Owlkids is based in Toronto.
About Science Literacy Week:
Powered by the NSERC, Science Literacy Week is a nationwide back-to-school celebration of books, organizations, and activities that explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics. From September 18 to 24, Science Literacy Week 2017 exposes Canadians to a wide range of science literature available in libraries, stores, museums, and science centres.
SOURCE OWL Magazine