24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Irma recovery/Uniform Debate/Kangaroo Control/Ten Dollar Stars/Minecraft Park

Irma recovery The clean-up has started in parts of Florida and the Caribbean that were devastated by Hurricane Irma. We find out what's being done to help people affected and speak to two sisters from Florida who had to evacuate from their home because of the hurricane. Uniform Debate There's been a lot of talk recently about school uniforms, and whether girls and boys should be forced to dress differently. Recently the Western Australian government made it compulsory for schools to give girls a choice of pants or dresses and last week Victoria decided to bring in similar rules. Some reckon forcing girls to wear skirts makes them less likely to get active at school, but others reckon it should be up to schools to decide what their uniforms look like. We take a look at the uniform debate. Kangaroo Control Kangaroos might be one of Australia's national emblems, but some reckon these much-loved native critters are becoming a problem for the environment. They say in some areas the kangaroo population is just too big, and they're eating too much. One expert says the solution is to cull kangaroos encourage people to eat more roo meat. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6) Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations (Year 7) Science / Science Understanding / Biological Sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience (Year 5) Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts, choosing and experimenting with text structures, language features, images and digital resources appropriate to purpose and audience (Year 6) Ten Dollar Stars Next week the Reserve Bank of Australia will release the brand-new ten dollar note! It features a whole bunch of new security features, as well as some familiar faces. We take a look at the new note and learn more about the famous Aussies who feature on it. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines (Years 5 and 6) HASS / History: The role that a significant individual or group played in shaping a colony (Year 5) The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation (Year 6) Minecraft Park Back in 2015 we met some school students who were taking part in a competition run by the South Australian Government asking kids to design a real-life park using Minecraft. Now they've been able to see their design come to life! We catch up with the designers and find out how they feel about the finished product.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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North Korea Sanctions/Cassini Spacecraft/Syrian Refugee Family/Sleek Geeks 2017/History of the alphabet

North Korea Sanctions After last week's nuclear weapons test by North Korea, you might have heard a lot of leaders and commentators talk about sanctions. But what is a sanction? How do countries use trade and the economy to try to get leaders to do what they want? And would it help to stop North Korea from developing and testing nuclear weapons? Cassini Spacecraft On September 15th, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will nose-dive into Saturn and burn up in the planet's atmosphere, ending it's 13-year mission of discovery. Cassini has revolutionised our understanding of Saturn and it's many moons, providing enough information to fill thousands of scientific papers. It's final dance though the planet's rings will give us an unprecedented view of the sixth planet from the sun. Syrian Refugee Family Two years ago the government promised to resettle 12000 Syrian Refugees in Australia. Among those are 4350 children who are now getting used to their new life in Australia. We meet a family and find out more about their experience. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens (Year 6) Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues (Years 5 and 6) HASS / Inquiry and skills: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges (Years 5 and 6) Sleek Geeks 2017 The winner of this year's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize have been announced. The competition asks primary and high school students to make a short film that communicates a scientific concept. We take a look at this year's winning entries. BTN Investigates - History of the alphabet. BTN viewer Lara wants to know the A to Z of the Alphabet! She's asked us why there are 26 letters in it and why it starts with A and ends with Z. Jack's on the case! Teaching resources included Learning Areas - History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / The Mediterranean world Egypt: Roles of key groups in ancient Egyptian society (such as the nobility, bureaucracy, women, slaves), including the influence of law and religion (Year 7) History / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / Overview of the ancient world: The evidence for the emergence and establishment of ancient societies (including art, iconography, writing tools and pottery) (Year 7) History / Historical Skills / Chronology, terms and concepts: Sequence historical events, developments and periods (Year 7)

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24:36 | Published 1 year ago
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BTN Kids' Happiness Survey/Australia Day Debate/Threatened Species Day/Spacesuit History/Zombie Class/Rock-climbing

The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say! Australia Day Debate Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand. Threatened Species Day Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles. Year 4 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Spacesuit History Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6 Zombie Class What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process. Rock-climbing Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time. Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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The Happiness Survey/High Court/Kids Finance/Spinal Cord Week/What Are Dreams?

The Happiness Survey Returns Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history. It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent! High Court Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases. Kids Finance Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters: Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4) Create simple financial plans (year 5) Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6) Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7) Spinal Cord Week Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4) Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6) Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8) Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6) Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement: Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6) Happiness Survey Launch In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved. BTN Investigates - What are dreams? BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Dual Citizenship/Guam/Backburning/Moonhack Record/Guide Dog Training

Dual Citizenship A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place. Guam This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and Citizenship: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Backburning NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing: Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6 Moonhack Record Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set. Guide Dog Training Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Postal Plebiscite/Kids Concussion/Artificial Intelligence/Book Week Preview/Internet Issues

Postal Plebiscite After a tense meeting and a second failed senate vote, the decision on whether same sex marriage is legalised will now be guided by the Australian people through a postal plebiscite. Last year we told you that a traditional plebiscite was the Government's plan. So what is the difference between that and this new postal version? And why are some people saying it won't actually happen, while others say it shouldn't be allowed to happen? Kids Concussion A new study has found that concussion is more common in kids than you might think. Research out of the US has revealed kids aged between 8 to 13 have the highest rate of sports-related concussion. It has a lot of people worried, but what can be done about it? Artificial Intelligence Every kids dreams of the career they'll adopt when they grow up. But a new revolution in computing could take away those dreams for some. Artificial intelligence will change the way we interact with technology and the things it can do for us. But what areas will it affect most? And how can a machine actually learn anyway? TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and apply safe procedures to make designed solutions Years 5 and 6 Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions Years 7 and 8 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Book Week Preview - Teen Novelist A lot of kids have tried their hand at writing a short story or a picture book - but what about a novel? To get you excited for Book Week, we're going to introduce you to a young teen who has published a book over 32,000 words long - and she already can't wait to write a follow-up. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literature / Examining literature: Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4 English / Literature Creating literature: Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings Year 4 Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced Year 5 Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5 Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways Year 6 Internet Issues The internet is the main form of communication for most young people. But for kids living in regional areas, access can be a huge issue. Internet connections can be slow, patchy, or sometimes, non-existent. We'll hear from some kids living on a remote outback station to find out what affect these internet issues have on their lives.

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24:27 | Published 1 year ago
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Science Week preview/Rubbish Report/Airport Security/Fuel Finished/Ocean Mapping/How is a rainbow made?

BTN's Science Week preview special This week, we're focusing on the science behind the news. Each of our stories in this episode will explain the scientific concepts behind the headlines, from the ocean floor to rainbows and everything in between. Rubbish Report Next week, 4 Corners is investigating what happens to your garbage and recycling after it leaves your house. We will tell kids why this big report for adults is relevant to kids too. We'll also explain how materials can be recycled, ready to be used again. Airport Security Last week, airport security was tightened after police stopped a planned plane attack. Authorities say the new measures mean we are all safe to fly. We'll take a look at some of the processes you and your baggage go through before a trip to make sure on one is in danger in the skies. Fuel Finished The UK government has announced that by 2040, new petrol or diesel powered cars will be banned from sale. It follows France's earlier decision to do the same. So we're going to take a look at all of the other options available to get us from A to B. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources Year 6 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and understanding: Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs Years 3 and 4 Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Ocean Mapping Something positive might come out of the long and tragic search for missing flight MH370. Those searching for the downed plane have released all of the scans they made of the ocean floor. And while they haven't revealed the resting place of MH370, they have led researchers to a treasure trove of other discoveries. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Year 6 BTN Investigates - How is a rainbow made? This week Kayla has asked us to find out why rainbows always have the colours in the same order. In her words: "I know it's nature, but wow!" Well we agree Kayla, so why not find out more about these colourful apparitions.

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24:28 | Published 1 year ago
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Murray Basin Controversy/Four Year Terms/Dr Yunupingu/Cultural Differences/Aussie Fossil Find

Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Ministry Changes/Plastic Bag Ban//Classification Review/Mushroom Hunt/BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work?

Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

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24:30 | Published 1 year ago
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The BTN Welcome Book revealed/Climate Debate/Qatar Tension/Desert Animals/Sheepdog School

The BTN Welcome Book Revealed Last year, Behind the News asked you to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. On the 20th of June, we will officially launch the book that all of you helped create. Tune in to find out if your pic made it in! And we'll give all of you a special gift to say thank you for helping us create it. Climate Debate Last week, we told you all about the Paris Climate Agreement and how the US is pulling out. Australia is still part of it though, and this week, talk turned to how we might achieve our own emissions goal. A review suggested a 'clean energy target' is the way to go. But the government is split on the idea. We'll take a look at Australia's energy market and find out how a clean energy target might change it. Qatar Tension Next, we're going to take you to the middle east, where tensions between neighbouring countries have flared. Some countries in this area have joined together to cut off another one - Qatar. But why? We'll tour the region to find out. Desert Animals How can some simple chicken wire save the lives of thousands of small native animals in Australia's Simpson Desert? Well, it's now being used by scientists to create homes to protect these important creatures from the feral animals trying to turn them into dinner. We take a look at the program and find out which feral animals are causing all the problems. Sheepdog School A group of kids from a small farming town in NSW are learning the art of sheep dog training. They've been involved in a special program that's all about training dogs to herd and manage sheep. We asked them to explain how it works.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Paris Climate Withdrawal/Koala Concerns//Uluru Street View/Albinism/The BTN Welcome Book

Paris Climate Withdrawal Last week, the United States announced that it's pulling out of the Paris Agreement, a big plan designed to fight climate change. The news caused a massive reaction around the world. But what actually is the Paris Agreement and what might happen once the United States withdraws? Koala Concerns Scientists in New South Wales are worried about the effect rising sea levels and deforestation are having on Australia's koala population. We'll take a look at the latest research and find out what can be done to help this iconic Australian species. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Uluru Street View For the first time, students will be able to virtually walk around Uluru, after Google's Street View site recently captured the massive rock in the heart of the Australia. The filming was done with permission and advice from local aboriginal elders and some sections of the rock weren't captured due to their cultural beliefs. Next week, we'll find out more about those beliefs and find out why this landmark holds such significance in this country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science: Earth's surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 HASS / Historical Knowledge and Understanding / First contacts: The diversity of Australia's first peoples and the long and continuous connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples to Country/ Place (land, sea, waterways and skies) and the implications for their daily lives. Year 4 HASS / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Unit 1: Landforms and landscapes: The aesthetic, cultural and spiritual value of landscapes and landforms for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Year 8 The different types of landscapes and their distinctive landform features Year 8 The ways of protecting significant landscapes Year 8 Albinism Next Tuesday is International Albinism Day. Albinism is a rare condition that only affects around 1000 Australians. One of them is 13 year old Xander. So we asked him to tell us all about it. The BTN Welcome Book - Cover Artist announced Last year, Behind the News asked all Australian kids to draw pictures of welcome for all of the young refugees and migrants that arrive here to start a new life. Incredibly, more than 12,000 of you took part. We then selected about 100 of those beautiful pictures to be printed into a special book. On the 20th of June, we will officially unveil the book that all of you helped create. And as thanks, we'll also post a free eBook version on our website for you to download and enjoy. But first, in next week's show, we will reveal the BTN Welcome Book's front cover design and introduce you to the talented young artist who drew it.

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24:28 | Published 1 year ago
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School Funding/Social Negativity/Kid Scientists/Icebreaker Comp/Young Solo Pilot/Aussie Classroom Connection

School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of conversation. This week, those changes will be debated in the senate. So to put those talks in context, we're going to explain how our country currently pays to educate millions of kids each year and why some think that should change. Social Negativity Recently a study in the UK asked more than a thousand young people about their social media activity. It found four of the five most popular social media sites were actually having a negative overall effect on kid's wellbeing. We reveal which social media sites had the biggest impact and ask kids why they think that might be the case. Kid Scientists Citizen science is what it's called when ordinary people help scientists to make amazing breakthroughs in research. But did you know some of Australia's top citizen scientists are actually kids? Next week, we'll meet Griffin and Austin to find out what it takes to be a leading citizen scientist and why they enjoy getting involved. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations Year 5 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed Year 7 Icebreaker Comp Twelve children will soon get the chance to visit Antarctica for free. But there's a catch. To win this competition, you have to come up with a unique name for Australia's new icebreaker ship. Next week, we'll find out more about this comp and find out why Australia needs a new ship to reach Antarctica. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions Year 4 Young Solo Pilot A teenager from Hobart is aiming to become the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. We caught up with him on one of his stops to find out more about his record-breaking trip and why he decided to do it. Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together Registrations are now open for BTN's Aussie Classroom Connection! Head to our website to find out how you can get involved.

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24:29 | Published 1 year ago
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Manchester Attack/Recognition Convention//Special LaunchCoding School/Fidget Spinners

Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take a close look at all of the good things people did to help in the hours and days after such a horrible event. Recognition Convention More than 200 Indigenous delegates from around the country are gathering in Uluru this week to discuss Recognition. That's the name given to the push to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. But what will that change actually mean? We'll bring you all of the info from this important event in central Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems Years 5 and 6 Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input Years 5 and 6 Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language Years 7 and 8 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques Years 5 and 6 Special Launch Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together It's often thought that the lives of city and country kids are worlds apartAnd while there are many obvious differences, there are also some similarities too. It's these differences and similarities that Behind the News would like to encourage kids to learn more about. So next week we will launch the 'BTN Aussie Classroom Connection.' It will ask teachers from all around Australia to register their class to be matched up with another class from a different geographical area. We will then encourage those matched classes to build a relationship and in the process, learn more about what it's like to live somewhere else. For all the details on how you can register your class, please visit our website right after next week's show. Coding School An Aussie school is making a name for itself in the app world. Students from Aberfoyle Park High School have been designing and developing their own apps. Their school's even become the first in the country to be registered as a developer under its own name. We find out what's involved and how you can start coding too. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 BTN Investigates: Fidget Spinners This week on BTN Investigates, Finella wants to know "what are fidget spinners? Are they dangerous? Are they bad? Are they actually good? What's the deal with this new fad?" We sent Jack undercover into the playground to find out.

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24:28 | Published 2 years ago
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Cyberattack/50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon

Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to. 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Kids TV Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs. Space Messages Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far. Sea Dragon Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles. Year 4 Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

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24:27 | Published 2 years ago
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Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability/Model Laws/War on Waste - School Waste/BTN Investigates - How does the Internet Work?/Screen It Competition

Budget 2017 - Housing Affordability: The 2017 budget has been released and one of the big talking points is the measures included to try to help people afford their first home. It a problem a lot of people have been talking about, so we'll explain how the price of a home has changed over the years and what can be done about it. Model Laws: In France, laws have just been introduced that make it illegal to hire unhealthily thin models. Also, ads featuring photo-shopped images there must now be clearly labelled. We take a look at what effect these changes might have and ask you if you think they would be valuable here. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Identify and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 Examine how identities are influenced by people and places Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships Years 5 and 6 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities Years 5 and 6 War on Waste - School Waste: A school in Adelaide is on a mission to wipe out waste. So much so, they're aiming to be completely bin-less by the end of the year. We take a look at their plan and find out how you could do the same in your school too. BTN Investigates - How does the Internet Work?: This week on BTN Investigates, Oliver asks 'how does the internet work?' We log on to the best research, dial up some experts and link you to more internet cliches than you can handle as we net an answer to Oliver's tricky question. Screen It Competition: If you're a budding young film maker, animator and video game creator, this story is for you. The Australian Centre for the Moving Image has just opened entries for this year's national 'Screen IT' competition. It asks school students to create and submit a short film or video game. We catch up with two schools who've just started getting their entries ready. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: The Arts / Media Arts: Use media technologies to create time and space through the manipulation of images, sounds and text to tell stories Years 3 and 4 Investigate and devise representations of people in their community, including themselves, through settings, ideas and story structure in images, sounds and text Years 3 and 4 Explore representations, characterisations and points of view of people in their community, including themselves, using settings, ideas, story principles and genre conventions in images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6 Develop skills with media technologies to shape space, time, movement and lighting within images, sounds and text Years 5 and 6 Plan, structure and design media artworks that engage audiences Years 7 and 8 Analyse how technical and symbolic elements are used in media artworks to create representations influenced by story, genre, values and points of view of particular audiences Years 7 and 8

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24:28 | Published 2 years ago
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Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt/War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste/Blood Donation/Eagle Hunter/Bottle Message

Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of talk about debt. The treasurer says he'd like people to remember that not all debt is bad debt. So next week we'll find out when spending money you don't have could be a good thing. War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste: Each year, Australians generate a huge amount of waste. So this month, the ABC is tackling this issue with a series called 'War on Waste'. And over the next few shows, we'll look at a few ways kids can cut down on the waste they produce. This week we're focusing on fashion waste. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment Years 3 and 4 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Blood Donation The Red Cross has come up with a new way to encourage people to donate blood more regularly. It's introducing a text message system that will let each donor know where their blood is being used. So we thought we'd trial the new system with help from BTN reporter and regular plasma donor Nic. We'll also find out how blood gets from you to the person who needs it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples' lives Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Eagle Hunter Next week you'll also meet a young girl from Mongolia who, like most kids, goes to school, hangs with her friends and helps out with chores around the house. But on the weekends, she heads into the mountains to learn how to hunt with a trained eagle. Learn more about this amazing ancient practice and the culture it comes from. Bottle Message Imagine walking along a beach and finding a message in a bottle that had drifted there from thousands of kilometres away. Sound like something out of a movie? Well that happened to a young Aussie kid recently. We helped him track down who threw it in the ocean in the first place.

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24:29 | Published 2 years ago
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Should we be scared of North Korea?/Citizenship Changes/Battle of Coral Sea//Suing Trump/Marn Grook Footy

Should we be scared of North Korea? Over the school holidays, North Korea threatened many countries around the world with nuclear war. And Australia was one of the countries singled out. But why would North Korea threaten us? And should you be worried about it? We find out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The geographical diversity of the Asia region and the location of its major countries in relation to Australia Year 6 Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Citizenship Changes Recently the Australian Government announced changes to the way refugees and migrants become citizens of this country. We take a look at what citizenship means and how the new process might affect those wanting to go through it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship/ Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Years 5 and 6 Civics and Citizenship/ Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship Year 6 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Analysis, synthesis and interpretation: Identify over-generalised statements in relation to civics and citizenship topics and issues Year 6 Battle of Coral Sea Next week, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will meet US President Donald Trump to mark 75 years since the beginning of Australia's military relationship with America. The two countries teamed up on the 4th of May 1942 to fight Japan in the Battle of the Coral Sea. We travel back to find out what happened and how it helped forge more than seven decades of friendship. Suing Trump A nine-year old American kid is part of a group of young people currently suing US President Donald Trump over his environmental policies. We talk to him to find out what he's worried about and why he's decided to take the President to court to try to fix it. Marn Grook Footy A researcher has uncovered evidence that Aussie Rules football could have been influenced by a traditional Indigenous game called Marn Grook. Marn Grook has been played for thousands of years and bears a striking resemblance to the modern game we see on our TV screens each weekend. We take a closer look at the similarities and differences between them.

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