Sunday: Our Youth

Turbine techies

MARQUETTE — They weren’t intended to power the city of Marquette, but they were fun to make. Participants at a special Wednesday event entitled “Explore Tech: Family Engineering Challenge: Design a Park and Wind Turbines!” created their own miniature wind turbines in the ...

I have a crazy family, but we make it work

My name is Bria Larson and I have a large unique family. My stepdad’s name is Jon Teichman. He is super cool. My mom’s name is Laura Teichman, and she is the best at cooking. My sister’s name is Ava Larson and she is great at computer coding. My dad’s name is Jake Larson, and he is so ...

‘Water Wedges’ theme of Explore Tech program

MARQUETTE — Whatever floats your boat. That, in a way, was the theme of Thursday’s Explore Tech program, Water Wedges, at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. At least it was what intrigued Nina Fassbender, 8, of Marquette, who along with other youngsters created origami boats ...

Voices of youth

If you could broadcast any kind of message into outer space, what would it be?

Fast flier

K.I. SAWYER — Sixteen-year-old Truman Durand of Harvey didn’t waste much time taking a solo airplane flight upon earning his student pilot license. The Marquette Senior High School sophomore flew a Cessna 150J solo on Aug. 13 — the very first day he was allowed such an ...

Trip to Spain with train rides, castles and Oreo desserts

Recently I traveled to Spain. We got to go to Spain because my parents are both Spanish professors at Northern Michigan University. We took a two-hour plane ride to Chicago from Marquette. Then we had to wait seven hours in the airport. My brother and I mostly ate popcorn and played Minecraft ...

Voices of youth

What are you excited to go back to school for?

Heading north

From the Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — Building a bridge or planting trees is not something Detroit teenager Anthony Richard typically gets to experience. But a Michigan Department of Natural Resources program that enables youths to experience the great outdoors ...

My first trip to Chicago, but it won’t be my last

georgia hummell, 10 I like to travel as long it’s not too far because I get really carsick and I really hate it. The longest I have ever traveled was three days. That trip felt too long, but once I get where we are going I love the activities. Recently we traveled to Chicago to see a ...

Upcoming NFL season looks good for Lions

bodhi white, 12 As we head into the 2017-2018 NFL season, the Lions record was 9-7, which, considering the fact they started last season 1-3, is not bad. They were 18th according to ESPN.com in defense in the regular season and 21st in offense. They limped through the season and did not beat ...

Acing the ACT

ISHPEMING — Who takes an ACT test for fun? Hunter LeClair does. Hunter, 14, who will be a freshman at Westwood High School, earlier this summer took his ACT after finishing eighth grade at Aspen Ridge School, scoring higher than 96 percent of all students who took the test in the ...

Dragons galore

MARQUETTE — They weren’t exactly like the three enormous dragons on the HBO series “Game of Thrones,” but they were dragons nonetheless — even if they were made just out of egg cartons. “Dragons” was the theme of the latest session in the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum’s ...

Voices of youth

If you could invent one machine to make your life easier, what would it be?

Building better veggie meals

MARQUETTE — It’s possible to teach kids about vegetarian meals without being preachy, especially if they’re the ones blending strawberries and mango chunks, or slicing cucumbers. A group of youngsters visited the Marquette Arts and Culture Center for the last “Teen Thursday” ...

A close look at my family trip to Mackinac Island

AVA LARSON, 12 Have you ever wanted to bike around Mackinac Island? Well I have! It is fun; the whole experience is about 8 miles long. You can stop along the way at one of the many wonderful beaches. I sat on the beach and let the waves roll on to my toes. When I got bored, I hopped on my ...

RAFT CRAFT creationS

MARQUETTE — Hand kids some lumber and a few power tools, and who knows what they’ll come up with. With this past week’s campers at the Adventure Building Camp, it was a raft and, as a side project, a bicycle rack. The camp took place at a large warehouse on Dead River Storage property ...

Repair, not replace

MARQUETTE — Twelve-year-old Luke Mead is like any other kid who rides a bike. It’s fun. “I just like the feel of it because it’s super flowing,” Luke said. “You can do jumps and all that.” However, those free-wheeling acrobatics might be hard to do with a flat tire or ...

What you need to know about my favorite sport

Liam Ulland-Joy, 12 I bet you can’t guess my favorite sport. Seriously. I know what you’re thinking, and it’s wrong. Yep, wrong again. Aaaaand — definitely wrong. Okay, you’ve used up your three guesses. It’s baseball. I know, I know, I’m a 21st century kid so you’d think: ...

PET PROJECT

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum already had animals like reptiles as permanent residents. However, it took on more of a zoological feel during the latest session of the Second Thursday Creativity Series. The event, which had a zoo theme, featured animal-centered ...