Knowbots is all about cultivating curious minds by providing them with safe, age-appropriate educational content via a printed magazine and mobile-friendly website. It’s an independent initiative created by a passionate team of humans and knowledgeable robots!
The power of knowledge
The Knowbots believe that knowledge is the key to growing a new generation of leaders who are aware, inspired and connected. Teaching them about real-world matters from an early age, to get them thinking about the important issues!
The insight they will gain through reading the Knowbots’ articles helps empower young people and encourages them to share stories, perspectives, information, skills and ideas in innovative and creative ways. It also gives them the confidence to amplify their powerful voices, take action, and dream up new, forward-thinking solutions to current and future global challenges.
Who are the Knowbots
The Knowbots (‘knowledge robots’) are a team of mechanical friends who are nuts about knowledge! They teach readers all about Earth, providing them with the tools to build a better future. Join the Knowbots on their adventures as they discover information from around the world and put together Knowledge, News, Facts, and Activities to inspire a new generation of Knowkids!
Each Knowbot has a unique area of expertise, from oceans and waterways to history and culture. While the Knowbots differ from one another, they are united by a single goal: to build a more sustainable planet for all who inhabit it.
To learn more about each of their quirky personalities, visit the Robots page.
Climate Change - Kid Cloud
“The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 1.62 degrees Fahrenheit (0.9 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.”
Obesity - Coach Aid
“Over 340 million children and adolescents aged 5-19 were overweight or obese in 2016. Once considered a high-income country problem, overweight and obesity are now on the rise in low- and middle-income countries, particularly in urban settings.”
- World Health Organization
Inequality - Professor Rights
“Over 2.7 billion women are legally restricted from having the same choice of jobs as men. While women perform 66 percent of the world’s work, and produce 50 percent of the food, they earn only 10 percent of the income and own just 1 percent of the property.”
- Amnesty International
Deforestation - Inspector Field
“Deforestation affects some 250 million people living in forest and savannah areas who depend on them for subsistence and income—many of them among the world’s rural poor. Eighty percent of Earth’s land animals and plants live in forests, and deforestation threatens these species.”
- National Geographic
Water Pollution - Captain Splash
“In 2017, 2 billion people worldwide did not have access to basic sanitation facilities such as toilets or latrines. 673 million people still practised open defecation, and 1.2 billion people worldwide are estimated to drink water that is not protected against contamination from faeces.”
- United Nations
Animal Cruelty - Ranger Wild
“In just over 40 years there has been a 60 percent decline in the size of populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, and amphibians. The top threats to these species has a direct link to human activities, including habitat loss and degradation and the excessive use of wildlife such as overfishing and overhunting.”
Who does the Knowbots website target?
The Knowbots website caters to kids of all ages, but is primarily favoured by those between the ages of seven to 15. It has also proven popular among teachers and parents who use it as a reference when educating students!
There are no external links on the website, so readers are encouraged to browse independently without the risk of clicking on anything unsafe!
What kinds of articles can be found on the Knowbots website?
Knowledge articles are presented in a clear, easy-to-understand format designed for more advanced users. Delivered by the Knowbots themselves, they address topics like the atmosphere, DNA and genes, language, plants, oceans and mammals. Each article also includes a glossary of important or trickier terms, facts, a quiz, and a free activity.
These are bolt-sized pieces of information that cover recent global events. They are reported on by a few good friends of the Knowbots – the News Nuts! The News Nuts gather their news from a range of sources, including The Conversation, The Guardian, CNN, ABC, National Geographic and more. Their goal is to filter out the fake, negative and exaggerated stories and supply only relevant, factual and inspiring content.
To stay up-to-date with the News Nuts, simply download the Apple News app and follow the Knowbots channel!
What else is available on the Knowbots website?
There are lots of free Activities available to download and print at home. Creative minds are encouraged to draw, paint or design their very own Knowbot, which will be shared on the Submit page of the website. They may even be featured in the Knowbots magazine, too!
Along with the free online content, there is a limited-edition product range available through the Shop and a tri-annual magazine, which can be purchased from over 350 leading newsagencies and bookstores Australia-wide, or from the Magazine page.
Want to get in touch?
Any questions, feedback or general enquiries can be sent via the Contact page.