Getting Wild with the Hispaniolan Hutia

By NICAULY HERNANDEZ, age 8 The Hispaniolan hutia looks like a mix between a large guinea pig, a small groundhog and a rat. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons The Hispaniolan hutia (Plagiodontia aedium) is also known as the “zagouti” or “jutía” in Spanish. It is the only...

Getting Wild with the Titicaca Water Frog

By MIREYNNA VILLAR, age 8 The Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius coleus) is a species that’s in extreme danger of extinction. PHOTO: Joshua Stone/Wikimedia Commons The Titicaca water frog (Telmatobius coleus) is a species that’s in extreme danger of extinction. It is an...

On the Scene at the TEDYouth Conference

By ADEDAYO PERKOVICH, age 11 TED graphic designer and competitive gamer Lilian Chen wants to inspire girls to play video games. PHOTO: Dian Lofton/TED On November 15, 2014, I saw hundreds of eager teens roaming around the Brooklyn Museum, ready to be inspired. But...

Rethinking School Suspension

By ALICE CHEKUNOVA, age 12 During the 2011-2012 school year, only 18 percent of preschoolers were African American, but they made up 48 percent of children who were suspended at least twice. PHOTO: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr When children are over-disciplined it has a...