Muse is Cricket Media’s substantive science and technology magazine for ages 9 to 14. Like other Cricket Media magazines, it is published nine times a year with themed issues that are well-calibrated to engage and inspire readers with small-bite content and deep-dive subject exploration. 2019’s “On the Money” issue packed in a remarkable amount of information about banks, budgets, interest, money as visual art, how “free” video games make a profit, financial technology (mobile payments, digital wallets, blockchain, cryptocurrencies), and a vivid explanation of the perils of speculation and economic bubbles—using as an example the wild ups and crashing downs of the 17th century tulip bulb craze in the Netherlands. Other themes during the year included inventions and inventors, and multifaceted explorations of space and of the Earth’s coldest places. There were interviews with an astronaut, a young software engineer, student inventors, a start-up CEO, a biophysicist, and a teenage roboticist. Readers were encouraged to exercise critical thinking by deciding which one of a series of science-based news stories was false; “Do the Math” subjects included a strategic mathematical approach to Monopoly, how to use geometry to choose soccer teams, and two physicists’ explanation for why those ear bud wires always seem to tangle into knots. Thought-provoking and entertaining. Terrific stuff.
Lynne Heffley ©2020 Parents’ Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper’s first weekly children’s arts and entertainment beat.