Children’s magazine articles

I write occasional articles for MUSE, a science and discovery magazine for kids ages 9-14 (published by Cricket Media). These articles are great fun—I get to research fascinating topics, talk to fascinating people, and do my best to write about them in a fascinating way.

Here are some of the articles I’ve written:

The Bubbler: Bursting with ideas at the Madison Public Library

Libraries aren’t just about books anymore–they’re makerspaces, too. This article is all about the Bubbler, Madison Public Library’s amazing makerspace with a very Wisconsin name.

Science at Work: Q&A with a biometric scientist

Meet Irene Rodriguez-Lujan, a biometric scientist who’s investigating how to identify individuals by just their body odor. Sure, it sounds a little gross, but it’s actually a great idea.

Fun for Everyone: Designing play spaces for all kinds of kids

How do people design playgrounds and children’s museums so kids with disabilities and sensory-processing disorders can join in the fun? This article was especially fun to write because it features one of my favorite places in my town—the Madison Children’s Museum.

The Motion of the Heart: William Harvey’s radical theory of circulation

In the 1600s, William Harvey became the first person to figure out how the human circulatory system actually works. This article explains how Harvey developed his radical theory and introduces an Arab physician who discovered a key part of circulation 300 years earlier.

Real Sports, Virtual Reality: VR will change the way we watch, train, and play

Virtual and augmented reality are changing the way we watch and play sports. Today, you can sit courtside at a basketball game being played thousands of miles away. Soon you’ll be able to play tennis against a hologram. This article also explores the rise of competitive video game leagues.

Need a Lift? Elevators will shape future cities’ skylines

Okay, so maybe elevators aren’t the most exciting things to contemplate. But super advanced elevators will shape future city skylines. One day, they might take us into space! Today’s engineers are figuring out how.

Greetings From Earth: What will it take to talk to extraterrestrials?

Will humans ever talk to aliens? A history of humanity’s past, present, and even future attempts to find and communicate with intelligent extraterrestrial life–and a look at whether we should.