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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,…



Facebook Cracks Down

October 18, 2018

Facebook said this month that it has removed more than 800 accounts and pages that spread misinformation. In a statement, the social-media company said these accounts and pages use “sensational political content” to drive traffic to their websites. It added…


Inside the Crayola Factory

September 14, 2018

Step into the Crayola factory in Easton, Pennsylvania. Here, humming machines and bustling workers crank out about 180 crayons a minute. In a year, the Crayola company produces nearly 3 billion of the colorful wax sticks. They’re used by people…



Building to the Beat

August 30, 2018

When Mike Ford was a kid, he dreamed of being a car designer. But when he was 11, things changed. That’s when he went to a car-design program and ended up learning about architecture instead. “As a youngster, I was…


Malaria Test Wins Prize

June 25, 2018

A Ugandan inventor has won a major engineering prize for developing a new test for malaria. The mosquito-borne disease is a leading cause of death in Africa. Brian Gitta, 25, won the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation for inventing a…


The Science of Summer Fun

April 30, 2018

Walk up a set of stairs. Sit in a pool of rushing water, and look down at the slide before you. Push off— whoosh! —and let gravity take it from there. This year, more than 85 million people around the…