Science, technology, engineering and math: It’s a girl’s world, too

The issue is not that women are incapable of success in STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — but rather that they are not exposed to it early on or can be intimidated by the male-dominated world. Throughout Kansas City, groups such as the KC STEM Alliance, Science Pioneers and Society of Women Engineers are working to show young girls that STEM careers can be as rewarding as they are fun.

To thrive in a digital age, libraries offer much more than books to attract patrons

The Espresso Book Machine at the new Woodneath library branch, which can produce 3.4 million titles on demand and each in a matter of minutes, is a symbol of the many ways modern public libraries are striving to remain relevant in the digital age. The Kansas City Public Library has dived into a wide menu of public programming. The Cass County Public Library is struggling with falling circulation, but it has creative offerings for children.

A curling stone and a broom is his last shot at the Olympics

I’m not tall or particularly strong. I have a normal aversion to great heights and extraneous speed on skis. My balance is ordinary, and I’ve worn glasses since middle school. Nobody is making a Disney movie about the plucky kid from suburban Connecticut. And yet, I have known since I was a boy that I could be in the Olympics. Because I have known that curling is waiting.

Chappell’s keeps sports history alive with carefully curated shrine

Chappell’s is a working and living museum, where bare wall space is as rare a commodity as the Oakland Athletics’ 1973 World Series trophy that sits mounted behind the bar. The museum physically immerses you in sports history, leaving patrons to order a steak soup and then get up to gawk at Muhammad Ali’s boxing gloves or Paul Hornung’s 1956 Heisman Trophy.

Kansas City to commit $2 million to improving Northwest Englewood Road

The Kansas City Council voted last week to commit $2 million to improve a stretch of Northwest Englewood Road if the Missouri Department of Transportation will contribute $1.5 million to the project. Officials also expect a developer to invest as much as $2 million if the project to expand residential and retail offerings west of U.S. 169 moves forward.