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Karena Phan

Karena Phan is an Editorial Assistant at Time for Kids. Before joining TFK, she was an intern at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, DC. Karena grew up in Sacramento, California, and graduated from the University of California, Irvine, in 2018 with a bachelor's in literary journalism and a minor in digital information systems. In college she was one of the first news interns at her campus radio station news program, KUCI News, where she found her passion working in a newsroom. She is excited about helping bring media literacy into the classroom and contributing her skills to the TIME for Kids team. In her free time she loves to rock climb, read comic books, and explore new food places.

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Incredible Kids: Dylan Capshaw

October 22, 2020

Who’ll become the Kid of the Year? The answer will be revealed December 4 on an hour-long TV special on Nickelodeon. Read about Dylan Capshaw, one of the top 20 finalists, below. This 14-year-old from Scottsdale, Arizona, has been supporting…


Space Junk

October 16, 2020

According to the Union of Concerned Scientists, there are nearly 2,800 working satellites in space. We depend on these devices for technology we use every day, such as video calls, online maps, satellite TV, and weather tracking. Scientists use them…


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To the Moon!

October 14, 2020

Take a rocket to the moon in this new animated musical. Over the Moon follows a smart, determined girl named Fei Fei. She’s a science lover who’s on a mission to find Chang’e, the moon goddess in Chinese mythology. Fei…


Antarctica Flight

September 18, 2020

The United States Antarctic Program (USAP) has sent its first crew to Antarctica since May. About 100 operations and engineering staff members of the USAP arrived on the continent on September 14. Antarctica is the only continent free of the…


Copy Colt

September 10, 2020

On August 6, a horse named Kurt was born in Texas. The colt made history. Kurt is the first Przewalski’s horse to be successfully cloned. In 1980, scientists at the San Diego Zoo, in California, took DNA from a Przewalski’s…


Safe Return

August 6, 2020

NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken made history when they returned to Earth on August 2. Their SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft, Endeavour, parachuted into the Gulf of Mexico. It was the first splashdown landing by American astronauts in 45…

United States

Name Change

July 6, 2020

The Cleveland, Ohio, Major League Baseball team has been known as the Cleveland Indians since 1915. But that might change soon. On July 3, the organization announced it’s considering new names. “We are committed to engaging our community. . .…


Sharing Stories

June 29, 2020

What first comes to mind when you think of a writer? Perhaps it’s your favorite author or someone who works for a newspaper or magazine. But writers work on all sorts of things. They help create the games we play…

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Making Music

June 26, 2020

Daniel Tashian is a songwriter. He’s written songs for famous musicians such as Kacey Musgraves and Brett Eldredge. This month, he released Mr. Moonlight. It’s a new album he wrote with his three daughters: Tigerlily, Tinkerbell, and Matilda. The album…


Lost and Found

June 25, 2020

A team of biologists recently studied rainfrogs in the forests of northern Ecuador. While doing so, they made a surprising discovery: a Mindo harlequin toad. The creature hadn’t been seen alive in 30 years. The scientists couldn’t believe their eyes.…