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Meet the STEM Queen

June 26, 2019

Jacqueline Means, 16, is known as the STEM Queen. She is the founder of the Wilmington Urban STEM Initiative, in Wilmington, Delaware. The organization promotes STEM to underprivileged girls in Wilmington. Means spoke with TFK Kid Reporter Tiana Sirmans, also…


First Look

April 18, 2019

The world got a glimpse of one of the greatest mysteries of our universe on April 10. That’s when the first image of a black hole was shown to the public. The picture was created by a network of eight…


Inspiration from Above

March 14, 2019

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head is a collection of poems and drawings that shed light on the mysteries of the solar system. It is a whimsical—but always factual—journey to outer space and back. The book was written…


Changing Tunes

March 8, 2019

Blue whales love to sing. Males sing to attract mates and to communicate across long distances. People are capable of hearing only certain parts of a whale song, so scientists use special audio equipment to record and study the songs…

The Human Body

Language Learning

January 10, 2019

Learning a new language can be tricky at any age. But in a recent study, scientists have pinpointed the exact age at which your chances of reaching fluency in a new language seem to quickly drop off: 10. Does this…


Mars Landing

November 30, 2018

NASA’s InSight spacecraft made it to Mars on November 26. The landing ended a 300 million–mile journey that lasted more than six months. Flight controllers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in California, cheered when InSight touched down. “Flawless,” Rob…


Preserving Plastics

November 9, 2018

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. The space suit Armstrong wore on his lunar mission has come to symbolize courage and human achievement. In 1971, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space…


Fossil Find

September 28, 2018

Scientists have found that a mysterious type of 500 million–year-old fossil, found in Australia and Russia, was formed by an animal. It was one of the earliest creatures on Earth. The first fossil of this kind was described in…


Found: Plant-Eating Shark

September 14, 2018

Researchers have discovered a type of shark that eats plants in addition to animals. It is the first shark known to be an omnivore. Bonnethead sharks live in shallow coastal waters of the United States, Central America, and South America.…


Moon Mission

September 7, 2018

People first set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped from the Apollo 11 spacecraft and planted an American flag on the moon’s rocky surface. Six NASA lunar missions followed over the…