Children’s curiosity is being neglected.
Between the ages of 5 to 10, children ask all kinds of questions about the world around them. These are the years of peak curiosity. Children are forming a view of the world and habits of thinking that will live with them their whole lives.
The thing is, most questions that children ask, grown-ups aren’t sure how to answer. And it’s almost impossible for children to find good explanations on their own. We think this is a critical problem to solve.
How we answer each question matters.
Many children wonder, “If I dug a hole all the way down into the Earth, what would I find?” It’s a great question! As a grown up, you probably remember being told that inside the Earth there’s the crust, the mantel, and the molten core. But how do you know that’s true?
Did you know that the deepest hole we’ve ever drilled down into the Earth is only six miles? Now extend that thought: how did we figure out what’s thousands of miles deeper? That’s what we call a Mystery and figuring out the answer is fascinating. We nurture children’s curiosity by explaining how we know things, not just what we know.
The Explanation Company
We started Mystery.org to create better explanations for every question children have about the world. We began with the 150 most common science questions that children ask teachers. We call this collection Mystery Science. This year, 1 out of every 5 children in the U.S. have used Mystery Science, spread across 50% of elementary schools.
We’re now moving on to all the other questions children have that they’ll never learn in school. In the last 18 months we received over 500,000 questions from children eager for better explanations of the world. Now we’re creating video explanations for every question. You can think of this like a visual Wikipedia for kids.
Our goal is to create a generation of better thinkers. We think this is the most important problem to solve in the world today. If you’d like to help, we’re hiring.