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Should Technology Companies Store Students' Personal Data?

March 6, 2015

New technology is making it easier for schools to collect information about students. Schools around the country are using digital tools to track student progress in subjects. Schools can also track how students behave in class. Much of this data…


My Life as a Robot

January 23, 2015

After surgery to remove my appendix, my doctor told me I would be out of school for more than a week. But with exams coming up, I worried about missing class. My family thought of an innovative solution: I would…

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Inspiring a Nation

January 1, 2015

This content is related to The March, a virtual-reality museum exhibit. In the years leading up to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, civil rights leaders and activists had been protesting our nation’s injustices. They encouraged people…



A Taylor-Made Star

December 19, 2014

Taylor Swift is no stranger to success. But even by her standards, 2014 has been a great year. Her new album, 1989, sold almost 1.3 million copies the week it was released. It was music's biggest sales week of the…


Bullies, Beware!

December 19, 2014

Teens are creating digital tools to fight bullying. Brandon Boynton is on a mission. The 17-year-old from Pendleton, Indiana, wants to stop bullying in schools. He created an app called the BullyBox. It enables students to report bullying electronically—and anonymously.…


The Business of Sharing

November 21, 2014

Think about the toys you own. How many of them have you played with lately? A 2010 British study found that the average 10-year-old owns 238 toys but plays with just 12 on a daily basis. That's a lot of…


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…

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The Drive to Succeed

February 28, 2014

It was a milestone victory. On October 26, 2013, Darrell Wallace Jr., 20, was the first to cross the finish line in NASCAR's Camping World Truck Series Kroger 200, at Martinsville Speedway, in Virginia. The win made Wallace the second…


A Safe Place to Live

January 24, 2014

Seeking safety from a bloody civil war in Syria, more than 2 million people have fled the country. About 600,000 of these refugees are living in neighboring Jordan. Most of them expected to return home after a few months. But…


A Helping Hand

January 14, 2014

Leon McCarthy, 12, was born without fingers on his left hand. That didn't stop him from being able to do many tasks. But Leon could not grasp more than one object at a time. So Leon's father, Paul, created a…


Homemade Fun

April 27, 2012

Caine Monroy, 9, has always loved arcades. Last summer, instead of playing someone else's games, he decided to make his own. Caine was spending his summer vacation at his dad's auto-parts store in Los Angeles, California. There were plenty of…


A Mural's Story

March 11, 2011

Can you imagine what it would feel like to have a mural by a famous artist in your room? In the 1960s, two children in New York City had this experience. Two years before Maurice Sendak gained international fame for…


A Book About Bullies

October 1, 2010

The Humanity Project runs anti-bullying programs in schools in Florida. The group’s founder, Bob Knotts, asked students to write a book about bullying. As a kid, Bob Knotts got picked on. “It really affected me, as a child and…


Video: Jay Brannon, Environmental Engineer

February 20, 2010

Meet Jay Brannon, an environmental engineer, in this video from NBC News Learn. You can learn more about Brannon and environmental engineering in the March 1, 2…



Video: Ruwanka Purasinghe, Geotechnical Engineer

February 19, 2010

Meet Ruwanka Purasinghe, a geotechnical engineer, in this video from NBC News Learn. You can learn more about Purasinghe and geotechnical engineering in the Mar…



Video: Yung Koprowski, Transportation Engineer

February 19, 2010

Meet Yung Koprowski, a transportation engineer, in this video from NBC News Learn. You can learn more about Koprowski and transportation engineering in the Marc…



Remembering the Model T

October 3, 2008

On October 1, 1908, the Ford Motor Company introduced the Model T. It was an instant hit. The car came only in black. But at $850, it cost about half as much as other cars on the market. By 1918,…


Forbidden Foods

March 28, 2008

When Eliza Rader was 17 months old, she tasted peanut butter for the first time. Immediately afterward, she broke out in hives, her tongue swelled and she had trouble breathing. Her mother rushed her to a doctor. Later, tests confirmed…

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The Road To Recovery

March 10, 2006

The citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, love to party. Six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, partygoers celebrated Mardi Gras, as they do every year at this time. But even as costume-clad folks danced in the streets, evidence of…