The "share basket" at Hickman houses whole fruits other students didn't want so anyone who remains hungry has something to eat. Photo by Taylor Malottki

Schools address plate waste using best practices

By Taylor Malottki Students at Hickman High School in Columbia lobbed softball-sized oranges across the cafeteria minutes before the bell rang releasing them to class. Thanks to poor hand-eye coordination, some of the oranges ended up rolling on the floor between the tangle of students’ legs. Handfuls of celery sticks and forests of broccoli were…

A study in Vienna has shown dogs are the only animals to discriminate emotions in another species- humans.

Dogs discriminate emotion in human expression

By Taylor Malottki Editor’s Note: This article is from our Science for Kids series, aimed at children in grades 4-8. Have you ever wondered if your dog could tell how you felt? New research shows that dogs can tell whether people are angry or happy just from their facial expressions. Researchers in Europe –Vienna, Austria to…

Mike Szydlowski teaches a group of his students.

Mike Szydlowski revamps science learning in elementary curriculum

By Taylor Malottki Some kids may think reading about science is boring, but what about the magical adaptations of reindeer? Or drinking water recycled from poop? Those topics and more are catching students’ attention through Mike Szydlowski’s weekly “Did You Know Kids” articles in the Columbia Tribune. Szydlowski, science coordinator with the Columbia School District, aims…

Taylor Malottki

Taylor Malottki is studying Health Science Print & Digital News at the University of Missouri– Columbia. In May she will graduate with a Bachelors of Journalism and double minors in English and economics. She worked for the University’s SciXchange program from 2012-2014 and is now interning for the interior design company, Scout & Nimble. Taylor has always…