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A great Big Question will get your SOLE off to a flying start, but deciding what to ask is the hardest part! Children love questions with no easy answer.


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Food chemistry - Posted by Snigdha


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  Location: Goa



What is the chemistry behind delicious food? What knowledge of chemistry can chefs use to improve the taste of food?

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What is the chemistry behind delicious food? What knowledge of chemistry can chefs use to improve the taste of food?

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chefs | Chemistry | Food

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Mars - Posted by Ankita Dev


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  Location: India



If you could live on Mars for a year, what do you think would be your biggest challenge?

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If you could live on Mars for a year, what do you think would be your biggest challenge?

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challenge | Food | Life | Space | Space Travel | Water

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Eating bugs - Posted by Mike Lyons


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  Location: Japan



Why don’t humans eat bugs (usually)?

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Why don’t humans eat bugs (usually)?

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bugs | Food | Humans

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Alimentos de color azul (blue foods) - Posted by Yolanda Vergara Sarmiento


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  Location: Perú



¿Porqué no hay muchos alimentos de color azul? (why are there not many blue foods?)

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¿Porqué no hay muchos alimentos de color azul? (why are there not many blue foods?)

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Colour | Food

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Sugar: Is it bad for you?


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Is sugar bad for you?

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Is sugar bad for you?

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Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition | Sugar

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Chocolate


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Why do children love chocolate?

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Why do children love chocolate?

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Children | Chocolate | Food

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Community and the Health of Citizens


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What role does the community play in the health of its citizens?

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What role does the community play in the health of its citizens?

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Communities | Fitness | Food | Health | Social Care | Society | Wellbeing

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Positive and Negative Food Choices


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What conclusions can be made regarding how food choices positively or negatively impact my overall health?

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What conclusions can be made regarding how food choices positively or negatively impact my overall health?

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Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition

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Crunchy Salt, Chewy Gum


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Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Why is salt crunchy? Why is gum chewy?

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Chemistry | Food | Salt | Science

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Plants: Do they eat?


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Do plants eat?

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Do plants eat?

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Biology | Diet | Food | Plants

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Eating Junk Food


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Why do we still eat junk food even when we know that it is bad for us?

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Why do we still eat junk food even when we know that it is bad for us?

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Biology | Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition | Science | Sociology

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World Obesity and Starvation


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Why are some people in the world obese, while others are starving?

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Why are some people in the world obese, while others are starving?

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Diet | Food | Food Poverty | Health | Obesity | Poverty | Starvation

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Best Healthy Diet


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What is the best diet to be healthy?

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What is the best diet to be healthy?

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Diet | Food | Health | Nutrition | Science

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What we eat


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Why does what we eat matter?

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Why does what we eat matter?

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Asians eating rice


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Why do people in Asia eat so much rice?

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Why do people in Asia eat so much rice?

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Asia | Climate | Food | Geography

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Dietry Fibre


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Why do we need fibre?

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Why do we need fibre?

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Biology | Diet | Fibre | Food | Food Literacy | Nutrition

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Can eating food effect the climate


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In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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In how many ways the food you eat everyday can effect the climate change?

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Agriculture | Biodiversity | Climate | Environment | Food | Global Warming | Science

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Fruits from Same Tree


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Why do fruits from the same tree some times taste different?

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Why do fruits from the same tree some times taste different?

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Biology | Food | Fruit | Trees

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Food Chain and Toxins


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What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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What would happen to the food chain if toxins are ingested by the ones at the bottom?

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Biology | Environment | Food | Science | Toxicity | Toxins

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Food Consumption affect on wellbeing


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How does the food that your food consumes affect individual aspects of your well-being?

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How does the food that your food consumes affect individual aspects of your well-being?

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Consumption | Food | Human Beings | Nutrition | Wellbeing

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Eating Ice Cream


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Why do we all love eating ice cream?

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Why do we all love eating ice cream?

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Consumption | Food | Human Behaviour | Ice Cream

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Bananas and Cyclones


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How are bananas and cyclone shelters connected?

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How are bananas and cyclone shelters connected?

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Bananas | Climate | Cyclones | Food | Geography | Weather

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Noodles


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How nutritious are noodles?

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How nutritious are noodles?

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Food | Noodles | Nutributions

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Cheese


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Is Cheese A Reliable Fuel?

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Is Cheese A Reliable Fuel?

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Cheese | Energy | Food | Fuel

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Extinction


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Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Many species that humans rely upon for food supply are going extinct, meaning we could go extinct ourselves. How can we save these species, and therefore ourselves, from extinction?

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Animals | Apocolypse | Environment | Extinction | Food | Humans | Mammals | Nature | Plants

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Vegans


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What would happen if we all became vegans?

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What would happen if we all became vegans?

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Environment | Evolution | Food | Health

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Sugary Foods


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Why do we like to eat sugary foods and how do they affect our health?

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Why do we like to eat sugary foods and how do they affect our health?

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Biology | Food | Health | Sugar | Wellbeing

jam_sandwich_feature How to make a jam sandwich, SOLE style

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How to make a jam sandwich, SOLE style


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  Location: Bedfordshire



If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher,

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If the average adult sat down to work out how to teach basic coding, they probably wouldn’t naturally think of a jam sandwich.

But that’s exactly what this SOLE group of home schoolers did with their presentation to computer science teachers.

Anna the (real life) robot was given a set of instructions to follow to make the sandwich, which may have resulted in a lot of mess, but certainly got the message across about how to teach the subject far more effectively than a textbook.

Jacqueline Emkes, an e-Learning consultant and part-time maths teacher, runs SOLEs for home educated children at Biddenham International School and Sports College in Bedfordshire, UK.

They have been running since 2013, supported by the college and the local authority’s PLACE programme for children who are not in school but on the Elective Home Education (EHE) Register.

One of the biggest challenges Jacq faces is the diverse age range of her group – from eight to 12-years-old – which means she is often diverted from her original lesson plan. There are usually around 15-20 children, but the numbers fluctuate as families come and go.

“Inevitably ‘normal’ behaviour rules go out the window,” says Jacq. “Children are soon found scrolling the internet lying on the floor, under a desk, on top of a desk, perched on a table. Anything goes – it’s all learning! The children can move around freely, help other groups and indeed swap groups.”
Jacq’s SOLE makes good use of the safe social learning platform Makewaves where they can upload their work to create movies, pictures and stories to share with the group.

They are also encouraged to critique each other’s work (in a positive and helpful way, naturally!) and even family members and the college’s principal have been adding their own comments to help improve student’s work.

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Children | Computer Science | Education | Food | Human Behaviour | Internet | Jam | Robots | Sandwiches | Sanitation