Curious Kids

Why aren’t there solar-powered cars?

Solar cars exist. The best place to see them is the World Solar Challenge, a race that’s held every two years in Australia. Competitors have to drive about 1,870 miles (3,000 kilometers), from Darwin on the country’s north coast to Adelaide on its south coast, using only energy from the Sun. ...

How do airplanes fly? An aerospace engineer explains the physics of flight

U.S. airlines carry more than 800 million passengers per year. Lasha Kilasonia/iStock via Getty Images Plus Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If …

Why do trees need sunlight? An environmental scientist explains photosynthesis

Trees need sunlight for the same reason you need food. The energy from the Sun’s rays is a crucial ingredient in how plants make their own food that helps them power all their cells.

Curious Kids is a series for children of all ages. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, send it to curiouskidsus@theconversation.com.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Mark Rivard, at right, holds up the first skateboard art he drew with a sharpie. Next to him, his mom, Lorelli Byrne, holds up an iconic piece he did on another skateboard. (Photo by Tesha M. Christensen)
Disrupting education with skateboards, art, and experiential learning
By Eric Ortiz Mark Rivard is not your typical educator. He never went to college. He was not that good a student in high school. And he calls himself “uneducated.” But he has found a …
Mark Rivard of Do Rad Things
Hear from Mark Rivard, creator of Do Rad Things, at 'Let's Connect' event in February
Every artist has an interesting origin story. But nothing compares with how Mark Rivard got started. Rivard began illustrating skateboards with Sharpie markers in the early 2000s. That led to an …
Begin planning kids' summer recreation now
Due in part to high demand, parents who want to place their kids in summer rec programs or summer camps should being vetting such programs and camps well in advance of summer. The following are a …
Southwest Connector launches 'Let's Connect,' a new community speaker series
Minneapolis is filled with great local people doing great things in the world. The Southwest Connector will showcase them with "Let's Connect," a new community speakers series. Every month, the …
Christmas church services
Bethlehem Covenant Church3141 43rd Ave. S. • 612-721-5768www.bethlehemcov.org Pastor Colleen Nelson(Handicapped Accessible)Traditional Service – 9 AMContemporary Service –10:30 …
Kids & Family

Still haven't filed your taxes? You've got this! 7 tips to help you get it done

(BPT) - Haven't filed your taxes yet? It's coming down to the wire, but there's still time. You've got this! File instantly, even on April 15, when you do it online, and get your refund quickly, too …

Why young adults need to be empowered to advocate for their own healthcare choices

(BPT) - Sponsored by SanofiFor many people, young adulthood is a time filled with newfound independence and responsibility. Reality begins to set in, with “adulting” tasks becoming part …

What's been considered America's 'gold standard' of autism therapy may not work — and those who have been through it are pushing back

The 74 does a deep dive into applied behavior analysis for autism therapy, its history, progression, and studies' results throughout the years.

Mindfulness tips to support early learners’ development now

(BPT) - While mindfulness once felt like a wellness trend, it’s become a way of life for adults hoping to maintain healthier routines, be intentional in their work and handle daily stresses …

Spilling the Secrets to Early Literacy

(Family Features) While there are no shortcuts to early literacy, consider these steps parents can take to promote the development of children's reading abilities.

AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Tom Mickelson (coach), Ani McQuillen (state tournament competitor), Eleanor Nervig (state tournament competitor), and Adler Young (Roosevelt debater who attended to support and help prepare Ani and Eleanor for their debates). (Photo submitted)
Roosevelt High School debate team competes at state tournament
Jan. 12-13, 2024, the Roosevelt High School Debate team competed in the MSHSL Minnesota State Debate Tournament. Students from all across Minnesota gathered for high quality, rigorous, debate, and we …
Nokomis Pride FC members include Joanna Kohler, Chris Allen, Dennis Lynn, Omer Chudyo, Mark Nervig, Christina Meyer, Tim Hereid, Stefanie Beniek, and Liam Glover. (Photo submitted)
Nokomis Pride FC began in neighborhood
  I'm sharing information Nokomis Pride FC provided this month: Established in 2022, Nokomis Pride FC is a soccer team made up of players aged 30 and above, mainly residing in the …
(Left to right) Seventh grader Kaia Bursell, Yinghua Academy Director Dr. Luyi Lien, and sixth grader Sage Houdek hold their certificates and awards from Chinese Bridge.
‘We were celebrities’
In the fall of 2023, two students from Yinghua Academy Chinese immersion school in northeast Minneapolis went on the trip of a lifetime. Keewaydin resident and sixth grader Sage Houdek and seventh …
The two final candidates were Dr. Lisa Sayles-Adams (here) and Dr. Sonia Stewart.
MPS names new superintendent
Minneapolis Public Schools is getting a new superintendent in February. On Dec. 1, with the support of both southside school board directors, the Minneapolis Public School (MPS) Board of …
Operation holiday basket at Roosevelt high school
It’s a holiday tradition that helps about 250 Minneapolis families each year. On Friday, Dec. 15, 2023, Roosevelt High School’s 53rd annual “Operation Holiday Basket” kicked …
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Students with disabilities are referred to law enforcement twice as often as their peers

Marker Learning used data from the NCES Civil Rights Data Collection to illustrate the disproportionate way schools and police punish children with learning disabilities.

Three teaching tips from a top pre-K educator

The Hechinger Report spoke with Berol Dewdney, Maryland's 2023 teacher of the year, about how she spends time building routines and connections.
Growing quickly helped the earliest dinosaurs and other ancient reptiles flourish in the aftermath of mass extinction
It may be hard to imagine, but once upon a time, dinosaurs didn’t dominate their world. When they first originated, they were just small, two-legged carnivores overshadowed by a diverse array of other reptiles. …
10 game-changing strategies for finding the right summer camp
(BPT) - With the days growing longer and warmer, securing a suitable camp for your child can feel like an impossible task. However, finding the perfect camp experience for your kid this summer …
An Ode-r to Equipment Managers, Starring Alex Rodriguez
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My child's tooth got knocked out! What should I do?
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