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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 an experimental drone delivery service. Packages containing anything from toothpaste to a new smartphone would arrive at your front door by 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

Imagine having everything you need—health centers, grocery stores, parks—just a few steps from home. It could make you healthier and build stronger bonds between you and your neighbors. This is the idea behind the 15-minute city. Here, people can get…



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, made by Johnson & Johnson, is different from previous vaccines. It requires one shot instead of two. This is the third vaccine to be…



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

A large international robotics contest, the FIRST Global Challenge, took place from October 24 to 27 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Youth from 191 countries participated. Contestants were challenged with finding high-tech solutions to the problem of ocean pollution. Each…

Media Literacy


September 12, 2019

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



Turning the Tide

April 11, 2019

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


Engineering Our World

February 22, 2019

“We’re called civil engineers because we engineer civilization.” These are the words of Yung Koprowski, one of the many civil engineers who design, build, and maintain the infrastructure of our towns and cities. Civil engineers specialize in different things,…