Solar Power Has Electrified Wisconsin

by Sylvan Bachhuber, age 17

Solar power has taken Wisconsin by storm. In 2015, the state’s installed solar capacity grew by 94 percent and powered more than 3,800 homes. As demand for solar panels has risen, so have associated costs. Recent changes to large-scale energy company’s billing provisions, like We Energies, have made solar power much more expensive.

Among the most notable of these provisions was a change to the timing of utility compensations so energy use would be tallied monthly instead of annually. This has a notable impact on solar panel cost. When panel owners send unused energy back to the power grid, electrical companies reimburse them for them for their contribution. [Read More]

Angela Brown Dazzles In “Charlie Parker’s Yardbird”

by Leila Fletcher, age 15

After originating the role in Philadelphia and then New York, world-famous opera singer Angela Brown graces the Capitol Theater stage as Addie Parker in the Madison debut of Charlie Parker’s Yardbird. The production is a jazz-infused opera with music written by Swiss composer Daniel Schnyder, with libretto or text, written by Bridgette A. Wimberly. An actress myself, I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Brown and hear first-hand about the ins and outs of her rise to operatic fame.[Read More]

Quasars: The Most Energetic Objects in the Universe

by Cristian Avila-Velazquez, age 13

Quasars are huge, energetic, mysterious objects in space. Modern technology has allowed humans to understand these objects better.

Quasars create a massive amount of light, allowing them to be seen from great distances. The farthest quasar from Earth is located 12 billion light years away in the middle of young galaxies. At the center of a quasar is a huge, spinning black hole. The black hole creates massive amounts of energy. It’s so massive that the average size of a black hole can be one billion times larger than the sun! [Read More]

Pesky Pythons Remain Unchecked in Florida

Government Efforts to Contain the Invasive
Species Remain Unsuccessful

by Mario Rea-García, age 12

The Burmese python is an invasive species currently causing severe problems in Florida. In recent years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and many other organizations have spent more than six million dollars trying to find a solution to curb this problem.

Burmese pythons are a species of constrictor snake native to the subtropics of South and Southeast Asia. The Burmese python has green and brown skin that camouflages easily. The python can grow up to 18.8 feet, which puts it among the top five largest snakes in the world. This tremendously big snake can thrive in a range of different environments since it both swims and climbs trees. [Read More]

Carbon: Every Girl’s
Future Best Friend

by Leila Fletcher, age 14

The element carbon is one of the most abundant elements on Earth. People have known about its existence since ancient times, and it still has many uses today.

Carbon’s symbol is “C,” and its name comes from the Latin word for charcoal: carbo. Its atomic number is six, which means that carbon has six protons and six electrons, and it has an atomic mass of 12.0107. The element’s electron configuration is 1s2 2s2 2p2. At room temperature, carbon is in a solid phase, and it melts at 6422 degrees Fahrenheit. [Read More]

No One Knows For Sure Where the Lead Pipes Are

by Deney Li, age 15

Since the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, the issue of lead-contaminated water and lead pipes has gained renewed attention. Since then, many states, including Wisconsin, have taken action to replace the lead water pipes still in use by schools, homes, businesses and other facilities.

What makes this task difficult is that regulatory agencies, like the Public Service Commission (PSC), do not have a clear record of where lead pipes are located in the state. Utility companies may have a hodgepodge collection of papers and records, but the information has never been collected or analyzed. This is probably because local officials did not have a reason to document piping systems until Congress banned the installation of new lead pipes in 1986—although some cities banned their use even as early as the late 1800’s. Today, lead is known to stunt development of the nervous system in young children and infants. [Read More]

Reseña del Libro:
Malina Pies Fríos

Malina Pies Frios, escrito por David Fernandez, es un libro que calienta los corazones mientras congela los pies

por Mariama Bah, 9 años

Malina Pies Fríos escrito por David Fernández es un libro sobre una niñita que vive en el polo norte y tiene los pies fríos.

A Malina le gusta estar con su familia en el polo norte, pero no le gusta el frío en el invierno porque en las tardes el cielo se pone muy oscuro. A veces ella pesca pero Malina piensa que la pesca es aburrida. Por el frio, Malina aprendio a usar chanclas en la playa. [Read More]