Popular Science Magazine has partnered with Google to host 137 years of POPSCI archives. http://www.popsci.com/archives Popular Science magazine could be and is a great resource for research projects in education.
As a student in the late ‘70s and throughout the ‘80s education wasn’t very individualized. I was often forced to read and study the same exact thing as everyone else. Well… this just didn’t work for me. I had no interest in whether or not PUG could run, jump or chase Jane or Ted. But yes, at an early age I had an interest in technology, science, but mostly how those things worked. Oh yea, I also had a love for cars! The funny thing is, all of my teachers knew it but never tapped into this love or interest. If they had I believe my success in education could have been much different.
Many of my teachers thought I needed to be self medicated, but in when it all came down I just needed to be self educated! I needed my teachers to tap into my interest. I would sit in class all day thinking about school ending so I could go work in my dad’s shop. I wanted to get my hands dirty, figure out how things worked, fix stuff, install radios, change oil, build model cars, work on my go cart, etc. But never, not one time did any of my teachers bring in a set of gears to teach me how my bike worked, never brought in a magazine or book that talked about how leavers worked in a braking system on a car. Now THAT would have changed my outlook on education.
To this day I could tell you that I probably haven’t completed 10 fiction books over my entire life. I can actually remember 3. C.L.U.T.Z , Runaway Ralph , The Mouse and the Motorcycle . I even knew when I went to the Book Mobile (You young wiper snappers can find out what that is here.) that I wanted books about my interests Robots and motorcycles. Why my teachers couldn’t figure it out I’ll never know.
These magazine archives could very well offer some of your students an opportunity to read, study and learn from their interest. Popular Science Magazine covers a vast variety of topics. So, I encourage you to tap into your students interests and allow them to flourish. Remember, their education isn’t about you, it’s about them!
I hope that you find this resource helpful. Please leave comments of how you intend on using it with your students.