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The Sky's the Limit

January 14, 2022

Amazon’s delivery drones were supposed to be in full flight by now. In 2013, the online retailer announced a new drone delivery service. Packages containing anything from toothpaste to a smartphone would arrive at your home by drone. The drone…



My Cool Job: Roller Coaster Engineer

June 1, 2021

Larry Chickola is the vice president and chief corporate engineer of Six Flags theme parks. He spoke to TFK’s Rebecca Mordechai about his job. I’ve always loved theme parks. Growing up, I would visit Cedar Point amusement park, in Sandusky,…



Reimagining Cities

April 22, 2021

Having everything you need close to home could make you healthier. It could even build stronger bonds between you and your neighbors. This is the idea behind the 15-minute city. It’s a place where people can get all the services…



Fashion Forward

March 18, 2021

Matthew Walzer was born with cerebral palsy. The disability affects his walking, balance, and fine motor skills. “There were different things I had to do and use, to overcome [my challenges],” he told TIME for Kids. By 16, Walzer was…



A Third COVID-19 Vaccine

March 5, 2021

The United States Food and Drug Administration has authorized another vaccine to prevent COVID-19. This one is made by Johnson & Johnson. It’s different from previous vaccines. It requires only one shot instead of two. This is the third vaccine…



One Brick at a Time

July 30, 2020

Robotics is a complicated field. But brothers Sanjay and Arvind Seshan, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, found an early passion for it. In 2014, they embarked on a mission to make it easier for others to learn robotics by creating the website…



Robotics Champions

November 8, 2019

An international robotics contest, the FIRST Global Challenge, took place from October 24 to 27 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Youth from 191 countries joined in. Contestants were asked to find solutions to ocean pollution. Each team was given a…

Media Literacy


September 12, 2019

Deepfakes are videos with visual or audio content that has been manipulated. They can make it seem as if the video’s subject is saying words he or she hasn’t actually spoken. Videos like these used to be made only by…



Turning the Tide

April 11, 2019

The Tappan Zee Bridge, north of New York City, carried automobiles across the Hudson River for 62 years. In 2017, a new bridge replaced it. The old bridge was demolished. Workers picked apart the structure piece by piece. Now…


Engineering Our World

February 22, 2019

“We’re called civil engineers because we engineer civilization.” These are the words of Yung Koprowski. She’s one of the many civil engineers who create and maintain the infrastructure of our towns and cities. Each type of civil engineer contributes to…