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Science Fair Fun

April 12, 2018

I know what it feels like to be transported into a completely new world—a world of innovation, science, and discovery. That’s because I attended the USA Science & Engineering Festival, held April 7 and 8, in Washington, D.C. (The day…


Getting Close to the Sun

December 9, 2017

No spacecraft will ever land on the sun. The sun is a flaming ball of gas that reaches thousands of degrees Fahrenheit. But next year, a ship from Earth will fly closer to it than any man-made craft has flown…



Game Changer

October 30, 2017

In Chris Aviles’s fifth-grade Innovation Lab, at Knollwood School, in Fair Haven, New Jersey, students have three options. They can create and edit videos, work on a podcast, or play a video game. Most kids choose the game. It’s Minecraft:…



October 23, 2017

In 2013, at 27, farmer Jake Hubbard of Chana, Illinois, lost his left hand in an accident. Recently, a group of eighth graders at nearby Rochelle Middle School came to his aid. As part of a STEM project, they helped…



Schools Go Solar

September 20, 2017

There are lots of trees near the public schools in Sheridan, Indiana. Their leaves soak up sunlight, which they turn into energy. In Sheridan, the sun fuels more than just plants. It keeps schools running, too. Environmentally friendly solar panels…



Girl Code

September 15, 2017

When Reshma Saujani founded the nonprofit organization Girls Who Code in 2013, it was a group of 40 students in New York City. Her mission was to inspire girls to pursue jobs in technology. Now, Girls Who Code offers free…



Water Works

April 14, 2017

In a small village in Thailand lives a girl named Wanjai. She and her family make their home on the Khao Laem Reservoir. Wanjai and her friends play in the water, and her family bathes, cooks, and cleans with it.…


Trash to Treasure

April 14, 2017

Plastic waste has an impact on our planet. It comes from the things we produce and buy—from food containers and packaging to the soles of sneakers. Plastic piles up in landfills. When it ends up in our oceans, it is…



Sun Power

April 15, 2016

Row after row of curved mirrors glisten in the sunlight in Ouarzazate, Morocco. The city is on the edge of the Sahara desert. The giant mirrors surround a power station called Noor I. Noor means "light" in Arabic. The plant…


Building a Bridge

November 6, 2015

A new bridge is taking shape over the Hudson River. The New NY Bridge, as it is being called, will replace the Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee. Built in 1955, the three-mile-long Tappan Zee connects Nyack, New York, with Tarrytown, New…