Mission statement

We seek to connect curious minds to the experts and information that will motivate them to ask informed and critical questions about real science throughout their lives. By working directly with scientists, we ensure that our content is of the highest quality. By working directly with kids, we help foster curiosity both in and out of the classroom and engage the next generation of citizens and scientists.

We are delighted that so many teachers and parents want to share Frontiers for Young Minds with their students and kids. Below you can find suggestions for how to get the most out of our website or how to get involved.

Navigating through our articles

The articles in our journal can be sorted in a number of ways, with the most recent articles appearing towards the top:

By subject area: This filter will allow you to sort by the specialties within the journal

By keyword: Each article has been tagged with words that should make them easy for parents, teachers, or Young Readers to expand on new concepts that come up at school or otherwise. These are simple tags that are meant to make the search easy – like "sleep," "friends," "illusions," or "energy."

Using Young Minds articles in your classroom

All of our articles are published using a Creative Commons CC-BY license - so what does this mean for you?

It means that the content of our articles - both text and images - are free to access, download, and reproduce in your educational materials, providing that a clear citation that references the Frontiers for Young Minds publication as the original source. 

What kind of articles can you find?

We publish articles that are either about new research on the cutting edge (New Discovery) or explain a key idea that is fundamental to understand a scientific field (Core Concept).

We are still expanding into new subject areas, but you can find articles in the following areas right now:

Understanding Astronomy and Space Science
Understanding Biodiversity
Understanding Health
Understanding Mathematics
Understanding Neuroscience
Understanding the Earth and its Resources

Getting involved

If you know a class or group of kids who would like to serve as Young Reviewers, they will need to work with a Science Mentor – someone with experience in scientific research and the peer review process.

Contact us at kids@frontiersin.org and we can provide you with more information about how to find a Science Mentor.

Getting your students involved

Below you can find out about the potential benefits of Young Minds for your classroom as well as resources for preparing for an upcoming review event. 

"What is peer review?" Infographic
Getting ready to review a manuscript
Tips for your students
Why young minds in your classroom

ideas for activities with Frontiers for young minds articles

- Start a debate! Use an article about patient decisions in brain research, impacts on the environment, or factors that lead to reckless behavior as a springboard for discussion. Split the class into groups and see what unique solutions or compromises they come up with for today's scientific challenges!

- Use an article as context to introduce a new type of graph or figure! Rather than just learning about how to plot data on a certain set of axes, students can discuss why certain visualization methods make it easier or hard to understand what a set of data is actually able to show.

- Have a mini-conference! Break the students into groups and have each group work together to understand one set of articles. Then each group can present their article to the class and field questions about it from their peers.

- Design a follow-up experiment! After the class reads an article, have them come up with ideas of what could be studied next. Come up with experimental designs and share the proposals with their peers!

We would love to hear your great ideas about how to use Frontiers for Young Minds articles in your classroom - share your stories with us at kids@frontiersin.org