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Having fun with science

Amar Chitra Katha launches monthly science magazine Brainwave for young adolescents, invites stories from readers. It aims to make science fun, done in simple and friendly language.

books Updated: Dec 18, 2010 18:23 IST
Jayeeta Mazumder

Rote learning chemical reactions or solving Physics problems have been tedious for many as kids. It probably continues to be. But now you can take heart as Amar Chitra Katha (ACK) Media launches a monthly science magazine, Brainwave, for young adolescents. It is targeted for kids in the age group of eight to 14 and aimed at complementing their science education by providing them with day-to-day context for the subject, delivered in an easy, friendly language.

Vinayak Varma, editor of Brainwave, ACK Media, says, “Science is a hugely interesting subject, but the excitement was never adequately conveyed through our school curriculum. This is something, we hope, will attract kids to the concepts of science and motivate them to question things.” He adds that the idea was to expand into new territories and fill the vacuum in the market for such a product aimed at a particular age group.

booksThe 44-page magazine’s first issue focuses on the theme of light and invisibility and has been broken into parts to address related existing, new and future technologies. Unlike the regular illustrated ACK comics, Brainwave will highlight facts and figures more than fictional stories. "Each issue has a certain theme and we address the various aspects of that theme. We have sections ranging from pure science to technology, science fiction, environment and conservation consciousness, and even comics on adventures of some of our own characters. But we don’t have a set template as such," Varma says, adding that the magazine is open to carrying stories from kids.

Brainwave’s contributors include scientists, engineers and educators from various fields who have in common a passion for making science accessible to kids and take it out of the shackles of a rigorous curriculum structure. Each issue will be governed by wide-ranging themes such as energy, gravity, light, sound, archaeology, astronomy and so on. The magazine also plans to initiate in-school promotions.

In this issue
How to turn invisible
Know more about super-eyes, death rays and cameras
The story of light
A story on scientists Albert Einstein and Aryabhata
A comic feature on natural camouflage
The Mash Monsters

Brainwave is available at all leading bookstores and is priced at Rs 75, with a launch offer of Rs 60.