Big Questions are those that inspire students to explore all possibilities – there should be no easy answer! Here’s a selection from the global SOLE community to get you started – feel free to suggest one too.
What is the chemistry behind delicious food? What knowledge of chemistry can chefs use to improve the taste of food?
Author : snigdha
Goa | India
chefs | Chemistry | Food
What is empathy? What is narcissism? What role do they each play in effective communication?
Author : Isha Manchanda
Goa | India
Communication | Empathy | Human Behaviour | narcissism
How can I be autodidact?
Author : Reymundo Jíménez Uribe
Mexico | Toluca de Lerdo
Education | Self-directed Learning | Self-organised Learning
Why are some snakes so poisonous?
Author : Mike Lyons
poison | Snakes
Is it possible to rid the world of bullying?
bullying | Human Behaviour
What is the recipe for the flu vaccine, and how does it work?
flu | Human Body | Medicine | vaccine
Is there really a “critical period” for language acquisition?
Children | Language
How much of culture is universal (if any)?
How do the flight abilities of birds and bats differ?
Bats | Birds | Flight | Mammals
Why do humans grow only two sets of teeth?
Biology | Human Beings | Human Body | Teeth
How does language evolve? How did we get from Shakespeare to here?
english | Language | Shakespeare
How do we use stories in our daily lives? What makes us storytellers?
Language | Stories | storytellers
If you could live on Mars for a year, what do you think would be your biggest challenge?
Author : Ankita Dev
challenge | Food | Life | Space | Space Travel | Water
Why is the sun apparently much brighter than the other stars in relation to its distance from the Earth?
Author : Elizabeth Shackleton
Ben Franklin Elementary | Lawrenceville | NJ | USA
Astronomy | Physics | Sun
Why aren’t all metals magnetic?
Author : Param
Goa | Paradise school
Magnetism | metal
How do speed cameras know when you are speeding?
Cars | Speed | speed cameras | Technology
If a car runs at the speed of light, will the headlights work?!
car | Physics | Speed
Why does sugar dissolve faster in hot tea than in iced tea?
Physics | tea | Temperature | Water
Where are we going with this new method of learning?
Author : Miguel Salas Ahumada
Baja California | Tijuana
Education | Learning | SOLE
What are the Northern Lights?
Atmosphere | Mythology | Science | Space | Weather
How will the life of a person who cannot read or write be?
Author : manasa vangipuram
Life | Philosophy | Psychology | Reading | Writing
What happens when we sleep?
Author : Mohammad Reza
Iran | Tehran
Dreams | Sleep
Why are clouds white?
Clouds | Geography | Science | Weather
Why does the rainbow have only seven colours?
Author : Shantanu Thaker
colours | rainbow | Science
Why do people create music?
Author : Joyce Schoenmaker
Human Behaviour | Music
Why don’t humans eat bugs (usually)?
bugs | Food | Humans