WASHINGTON (Aug. 10, 2005)–To mark its 30th birthday next month, National Geographic Kids is taking readers on an amazing trip to the year 2035 with a state-of-the-art, 3-D, collector’s edition. With the help of leading futurists, September’s 30th-anniversary issue explores high-tech living, extreme entertainment, smart shopping, health, space vacations and the job scene in a totally techno world. The latest 3-D technology, Cromadepth, and free glasses enclosed in each copy of the magazine allow the pages to pop into 3-D focus.
Launched in September 1975 as National Geographic World magazine, the publication was redesigned and renamed National Geographic Kids in 2002 under Editor-in-Chief Melina Gerosa Bellows. Since then, circulation has nearly doubled and it has become the largest-circulated magazine for kids ages 6 to 14. Adhering to its original mission over the past 30 years, NG Kids is exciting kids about their world like never before, with the September issue taking the adventure to a new dimension.
The article “30 Cool Things About the Future” explores what it would be like to live in a world ruled by technology. From self-driving cars and dog-feeding robots to clothes that change colors and footwear that morphs from dress shoes to sports shoes in an instant, the feature describes new gadgets and gizmos that might be part of our everyday lives three decades from now. With the help of leading futurists, including National Geographic Emerging Explorer and futurist Andrew Zolli, NG Kids has mapped out 30 cool things in the future covering the home front, extreme entertainment, smart shopping, medical advances and travel.
“Our lives in the next century will be totally reshaped by technology,” said Zolli. “Thanks to nanotechnology, within the next few decades we can look forward to clothes that mend and clean themselves, microscopic robots able to perform tasks from recycling trash to killing cancer cells, and a host of other advances. Because of huge progress in health care, people will live longer — the first person to reach the age of 200 may already have been born. And chances are good that if you’re younger than 35 today, you’ll have the option of traveling in space in your lifetime.”
In terms of leaders, the future is bright. In its “30 Kids to Watch” story, NG Kids features youngsters who are already making the world better and accomplishing great things. There is a 14 year-old in Seattle who identified a new gene at age 11; a 16-year-old child advocate from Virginia, who has been nominated three times for a Nobel Peace Prize; several amazing fundraisers and environmentalists; and the 10-year-old California business owner of eYardSale, who helps adults sell products on eBay.
“We really wanted to push the limit with this issue,” said Editor-in-Chief Gerosa Bellows. “While many magazines review the past in anniversary issues, we thought our readers would be much more interested in the future. After all, they are the ones whose lives will be most impacted by the exciting technological advances that futurists are predicting.”
Gerosa Bellows has been editor-in-chief since 2000. She is credited for nearly doubling the magazine’s circulation and for its continuing outside recognition, including the 2005 Periodical of the Year award from the Association of Educational Publishers.
In addition to the time travel feature in the September issue, readers will also enjoy their regular favorites, including amazing animals, Guinness world records, jokes, puzzles and games — all in 3-D. Readers can check out the magazine’s Web site at nationalgeographic.com/ngkids with their 3-D glasses to watch images pop out of their computer screen. They can also download 3-D wallpaper.
National Geographic Kids, a multitopic, photo-driven magazine for 6- to 14-year-olds, empowers its readers by making it fun to learn about the world. Published 10 times a year, this award-winning magazine with a circulation of 1.3 million is available by subscription for $19.95 a year and on newsstands for $3.95 a copy.