Month: April 2021

Celebrating 15 Years of Kid Journalism: Why We Need Programs Like IndyKids

By Adedayo Perkovich, age 16 “The mission of IndyKids is to engage young people to become informed world citizens through the production of a current events and social justice news source that is created by kids, for kids.” When I was 9 years old, I walked into a former firehouse too nervous to speak above …

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Someday You Could Be… Jabari Brisport

By Vienne Linsalata age 9 Jabari Brisport is a socialist politician, middle school math teacher, actor and the first Black openly gay state senator-elect for New York’s 25th District. He is fighting for equal access to quality education, combating climate change, enacting criminal justice reform and creating a better response to the COVID-19 pandemic. IndyKids …

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Endangered Rabbit Species Loses Large Portion of Its Habitat Due to West Coast Wildfires

By Mona Delgado, age 10 The small gray mammals known as the Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits lost more than half of their population due to the Pearl Hill and Cold Springs wildfires in Washington. In early September, the wildfires destroyed the pygmy rabbits’ natural habitat. Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits are the smallest breed of rabbit …

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Science Brief: Study Reveals 14 Quadrillion Plastic Microfibers Lurking in California’s Ecosystem

By, Vienne Linsalata, age 9 and IndyKids Staff A new study of California waters has revealed that in 2019, an estimated 13.3 quadrillion microfibers were released into the state’s waterways and ocean, as reported by the Guardian. By 2050, it could be three times that much. The study was commissioned by a research team at …

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Science Brief: World Isn’t Meeting Biodiversity Targets

By Sloan Becker, age 10  Mother Earth has been losing many of her diverse plants and animals. In 2010 the Convention on Biological Diversity, made up of 150 countries, pledged to complete 20 targets by 2020 in order to help protect Earth’s biodiversity. However, according to a U.N. report, only six of the 20 targets …

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Personal Report: The Challenges of Educating During a Pandemic

By Arnay Agarwal, Age 12 Teachers are great problem solvers, but the coronavirus pandemic has presented challenges unlike any other. From technical glitches to exposing the socioeconomic inequities of education to dealing with overstretched parents, teachers are now having to act as IT professionals and counselors. Over 1 billion children around the world have been …

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