Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children March 2018

Each themed issue of ASK invites newly independent readers to explore the world of science and ideas with topics that really appeal to kids: What makes wind? Where do colors come from? Were pirates real? Filled with lively, well-written articles, vivid graphics, activities, cartoons, and plenty of humor, ASK is science kids demand to read! Grades 3-5

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2 min.
nosy news

THE TREE LOBSTER LIVES! This animal’s nickname is the tree lobster. But it’s no lobster. It’s a giant bug called a Lord Howe Island stick insect. These critters used to crawl all over Lord Howe Island, near Australia. They grew 6 inches (15 cm) long. But in the early 1900s, rats got onto the island. The hungry rats ate every last stick insect. The only ones left were dead bugs in museums. Then, in 2001, researchers discovered similar-looking insects on a nearby island. They were skinnier than the old Lord Howe Island tree lobsters. And they had smaller spines on their legs. Were they a different species? Or the same bugs, but thinner? Scientists compared the DNA of the living bugs and the museum samples. And the DNA is the same. That…

1 min.
old news

Word of Mouth For much of history, ordinary people got their news from each other, or from travelers. If they got any news at all. Roman Bulletin Ancient Romans could check the daily events on a list called the Acta Diurna (Daily Events). This was copied out and posted at gathering spots around the city. Spy Letters Kings often sent observers to other countries. They reported back with important news and gossip. Office News In ancient China, the government sent news sheets to officials all over the country. This let them know about new laws and what was going on in the capital. Newspapers The first real newspapers appeared in the 1600s. By the 1700s, there were thousands. Newspapers told about important events. They were also a place to argue and share strong opinions. Broadsheets After the printing press was invented…

6 min.
lewis hine his camera told the truth.

A photographer named Lewis Hine calls to the night workers. He asks them politely to stand together for a photo. Flash! The dark mine fills with light. Hine’s photos are published in magazines. These are not pictures of America’s mighty workers. These are pictures of children. Hine shows these children proud and hardworking. He also shows the terrible place where they work. He hopes that his photographs will change the laws that let children from poor families work in factories and mines. These children are not stupid or lazy. They are just like other children, like you—but because they are poor, they often don’t go to school. Instead, they have jobs. 1911, New York City A mother in a run-down apartment calls her children to the dining room table piled high with bits and…

1 min.
kids report!

Hilde, Girl Reporter Hilde is 10 years old and runs her own newspaper and website, the Orange Street News. It covers news from her neighborhood in Pennsylvania, collected by Hilde herself. In 2016, she made headlines when she broke the story of a local murder. Her report was posted, complete with interviews, before the big city news reporters even got there. She’s also become the star of a mystery book series, Hilde Cracks the Case. The Principal Caper Many schools have school newspapers and news channels staffed by students. They let the school know what’s going on. One high-school newspaper, the Booster Redux, decided to do a story on their new principal. They were in for a surprise. She said she had gone to a college called Corllins. But when they checked it…

3 min.
get the news out

Whether you watch it on TV or read it on a phone, the news brings you short, true, important stories about what’s going on right now. Was there a fire at City Hall? Are bus schedules changing? Is there a new president of France? It’s all news. News Crews There are many people behind the scenes who help get the news out. News agencies hire reporters to get news all over the world. Then they sell the stories to many different newspapers and TV stations. So, instead of every paper sending a reporter to Beijing, one agency reporter can get the Beijing news for everyone. Producers pick stories for radio and TV news and put them together into a show. Reporters (also called journalists) find out the news. People call them up with tips. Reporters…

1 min.
meet a reporter

Natalie Moore is a reporter for WBEZ, a public radio station in Chicago. She has worked for print newspapers, radio, and TV. How did you get to be a reporter? I’ve always been interested in the news. I like to write, I like to read, and I like to tell people’s stories. So I worked on the school paper, did summer programs, and went to journalism school. How do you find stories? Often the news comes to us. Once people get to know you’re a reporter, they’ll call you when something interesting happens. Most reporters cover a beat, one area of news. If your beat is education, you get to know the teachers, schools, and education groups. If people trust you and like your work, they’ll bring you stories. And any time you see something unusual…