Frances Glessner Lee—a Crafty Case-Cracker

Have you ever wondered if one of your favorite hobbies could change the world? A 19th-Century Girl If you were a girl born in the mid- to late-1800’s, most of your education would be learning how to cook, clean, and sew. You were more likely to be taught at home than go to school. You wouldn’t have electronic devices like …

Fun With Fingerprints

Detectives and forensic scientists collect fingerprints at the scenes of mysterious events, which can help them solve the mystery. Did you know that collecting fingerprints is super simple? All you need is a few tools you already have at home, and you can put your detective skills into practice. Materials Blank sheets of paper Cocoa Powder Soft round paint or …

The Magic of Color

Our world is brought to life by the colors we see. Nature provides an amazing array of colors, whether we’re looking at red and yellow leaves falling, a brilliant pink sunset, the ocean’s deep blue water or a lush green field dotted with purple wildflowers. And we use colors for more than painting pretty pictures or choosing the best outfit. …

Cave of the Crystals of Naica, Chihuahua, Mexico

Imagine you’re a miner looking for new ore deposits deep beneath a hillside cave. You hold up your lantern, and to your surprise and astonishment, giant milky-white crystals emerge from the darkness, filling the horseshoe-shaped cave. What luck! These immense luminous crystals are larger than telephone poles. They dwarf the amazed miners and shine in all directions from the brown …