Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children

Ask Science and Arts Magazine for Kids and Children March 2017

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

Kids vs. Climate Change One brave group of kids has come up with bold plan to fight climate change: they’re taking the United States government to court. A judge recently gave official permission for the group’s lawsuit to proceed. The students, ranging in age from 8 to 19, argue that the government has a duty to protect the planet for future generations. They hope their lawsuit will get the government to take action to slow climate change, so that their generation won’t have to clean up the mess. The group still has a long fight ahead, and they might not win their lawsuit—but being heard is a good victory to start. Hi, NEIGH-bor! Horses can’t read (yet), but scientists have discovered that they can learn to understand symbols. They can even use those…

2 min.
welcome to a warmer world

Earth is warming up. Driving cars, burning rain forests, and other human activities send gases like carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere, where they trap heat. Climate is not the same as weather. Weather is what’s happening right now—it changes all the time. Climate is big weather pattens over hundreds or thousands of years. And it’s clear that even if the weather today is cold, Earth’s climate is heating up. Climate change doesn’t always mean hotter summers and warmer winters. Its effects are complicated and hard to predict. As Earth heats up, some areas are getting more rain. Others are getting less. High winds that normally circle the Arctic are shifting south, so some places are actually getting colder while the rest of the world heats up. As the oceans warm, sea…

5 min.
a walk in the park

On my first visit to Glacier National Park in Montana more than 30 years ago, I rode my bike over Going-to-the-Sun Road. As I huffed my way up the mountain pass, I saw waterfalls, snowfields, marmots, bighorn sheep, and a black bear that decided to sit down for a rest in the middle of the highway. Jackson Glacier gleamed white in the distance. Even from far away, I could see cracks in the ice and sunlight reflecting off the snow. It was the first glacier I ever saw—and ever since, this park has been my favorite. Even small changes, such as more rain instead of snow, can have big effects. Glacier without Glaciers? Glacier Park got its name from its dramatic landscape, carved out by ancient moving sheets of ice. Explorers in the…

1 min.
what is a glacier?

A glacier is a big field of old, icy snow built up over many winters that never entirely melts in the summer. Glaciers are huge—a small one might cover 25 football fields and be as tall as an office building. The largest glaciers stretch for hundreds of miles. Glaciers move—very slowly—as the ice on the bottom slides over the ground . Sometimes you can hear a moving glacier creak, groan, and grind. As a heavy glacier slides slowly down a mountain, it can move boulders and grind rocks into fine powder. When that powdered rock gets into water, it catches light to make the water look extra blue. So a turquoise-colored mountain lake is often a sign of a glacier above.…

4 min.
attack of the flying squid

A massive shape launches itself out of the ocean—fins spread, 10 long tentacles flying. As it soars through the air, the creature’s skin flashes, turning from white to purple-red. Is it an alien from another world? In a way, it is. It’s a creature from the deep—a jumbo flying squid. And we may soon be seeing a lot more of them. Meet the Jumbo Squid Around 2002, fishing boats along the northern Pacific coast of the United States and Canada started reeling in an unfamiliar catch: large, fierce, red squid. Some reported spotting huge schools of them. Where had they come from? Why now? And were they here to stay? The newcomer, Dosidicus gigas, is also known as Humboldt squid, jumbo squid, flying squid, or diablo rojo (“red devil”). They gets their devilish name…

1 min.
what is el niño?

“El Niño” is a natural warming of the eastern Pacific Ocean that happens in some years near the equator. Most of the time, winds push warm surface water west across the Pacific Ocean from South America to Asia. Cooler water rises from the deeps near South America to take its place. But in El Niño years, the west-blowing winds weaken, or even switch direction, causing warm water to collect along the South American coast. That’s El Niño. El Niño can alter weather patterns all over the world. It can cause heat waves in Australia, floods in California, strong typhoons in Asia, and ice storms as far away as Maine. The first northerly squid sightings were in an El Niño year, when the ocean was warmer than usual. El Niño is not caused by…