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Inside the Crayola Factory

September 14, 2018

Step into the Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania. Here, humming machines and busy workers make about 180 crayons a minute. In a year, the Crayola company produces nearly 3 billion colorful wax sticks. “There’s a great demand for crayons,” Crayola…


Young Game Changers

Brainstorming a Business

June 21, 2018

Have you ever chewed a piece of gum only to be disappointed when it lost its flavor after a few minutes? If so, you’re not alone. A group of students from Emerson Elementary School, in Oakland, California, also find…


TFK Explains: The Facebook Data Breach

April 13, 2018

What exactly happened? Cambridge Analytica is a political data company. It is based in the United Kingdom. In 2014, the company collected personal information about Facebook users. It used that information to get to know American voters. Its purpose was…


Lego Goes Green

April 5, 2018

Legos are among the world’s most popular toys. But the process for making them—as with many other toys—hurts the environment. Why? Legos are made of plastic. The plastic is made from oil, which is a nonrenewable resource. Now, Lego…


Super Business Girl

November 3, 2017

ASIA NEWSON starts each weekday at 5:00 a.m. First, the 14-year-old helps her sister get ready for school. Then she eats breakfast and hops on a school bus in Detroit, Michigan, her hometown. After school, Asia stays for dance or…


Sports Inc.

October 16, 2017

Joey Erace knocks pitches into the netting of his backyard batting cage. The cage cost $15,000. Joey lives in southern New Jersey. His private hitting coach is charging $100 for this evening batting practice. Earlier in the day, Joey had…


Music and Theater

A Taylor-Made Star

December 19, 2014

Taylor Swift is no stranger to triumphs. But even for her, 2014 has been a great year. Her new album, 1989, sold almost 1.3 million copies the first week it was out. Billboard named her its Woman of the Year.…


The Business of Sharing

November 21, 2014

How many of your toys have you played with lately? A 2010 British study found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 daily. So why not rent toys? It would cut back on waste and…


Scrap Metal

March 21, 2014

It has been clear for years that U.S. shoppers and businesses have little interest in dollar coins. Banks returned so many of them to the Federal Reserve that the Treasury stopped making them in 2011, except to meet the demands…