Foster and fuel student curiosity

​Teachers are invited to utilise The Conversation's Curious Kids questions and answers as a resource to spark and support student curiosity. They can also submit a class question, with some lucky Grade 5 classes to be given the chance to workshop their curiosity with the news team.​

Explore C​​urious Kids

Kids are naturally curious and, when combined with feeling supported to ask questions and to explore and seek answers, this curiosity helps inspire learning.

With this in mind, Australian news and perspectives website The Conversation encourages inquisitive children to ask the questions they've always wondered about.

Via its hugely popular Curious Kids section, The Conversation will have an expert provide an insightful answer in simple and engaging language. From biology research fellows to associate professors, they will answer the questions of curious kids be they "why do spiders have hairy legs?", "Do sharks sneeze?" or "Is there anything hotter than the sun?"

As a teaching resource, Curious Kids is an entertaining source that brings evidence to life to engage students and encourage a love of learning. Links to these articles and more is via FUSE.

Explore Curious Kids on FUSE
Inspire your students to find answers to their weird and wonderful questions

Submit your stude​nts' curious questions

All students are encouraged to submit their questions to the Curious Kids team, and an expert in the field might publish an answer. Questions can be emailed to curiouskids@theconversation.edu.au

You can even submit your own class question. No question is too serious or too silly for Curious Kids.

While not all questions can be answered, you can keep an eye on whether yours has by subscribing to The Conversation's daily news

Curious Kids wor​​kshops

Victorian Government Grade 5 teachers are encouraged to submit their class' best science-related question (think nature, outer space or the human body) to digital.learning@edumail.vic.gov.au by 15 February for the chance to participate in a live Curious Kids workshop at your school.

Selected classes will be visited by Curious Kids Editor Sunanda Creagh and an academic expert, on Monday 18 or Tuesday 19 March.

The expert will share their insights with students, explaining how they found the answer to the questions they received. Sunanda will share with students an entertaining conversation about journalism and following your curiosity.

The Digital Learning team will forward all submissions to Curious Kids for possible future investigation.

The Conversation as a learning and teaching tool

The Conversation features articles written by academics with deep subject expertise that are evidence-based and/or informed by insight or experience.

As a strategic partner of The Conversation, the Victorian Department of Education provides Victorian Curriculum-mapped access to the site's content. Teachers can even pitch their own story ideas at The Conversation for teachers