Voting Age Experiment Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic In Australia, no one can vote in an election until they turn 18. But what would happen if that age was lowered? That's something that South Australia's Commissioner for Children and Young People is aiming to test during the upcoming state election there. The group are asking school students aged 16 and 17 to vote, before adding those unofficial results to real ones to see what effect it would have had. Australia's Population - a BTN two part special Over the next two weeks, BTN will join the rest of the ABC in taking a special look at Australia's population. In the first of our two part special, we're going to take a look back at our long journey to 24 million people. We'll follow that with an investigation into where our population is headed and the debate around whether that growth is good. BTN's Kids Contribute Survey How much good do Australian kids do in their homes, schools and communities? That's exactly what we want to find out with the first ever BTN Kids Contribute Survey. Watch our story all about a young volunteer - and then jump online to fill in our short survey about all the things you do for others. Plastic Campaign Meet a 12-year old on a mission to reduce the amount of plastic in our oceans. Arlian has been dubbed the 'plastic-free boy' and he hopes to inspire kids around the country with his own documentary, 'Plastic Alarm'. Record Message The world's oldest message in a bottle has been discovered in Western Australia, 132 years after it was dropped in the ocean. It's an incredible find - and it's telling historians a more than you might expect.
The Coalition Our next 'Ask a Reporter" topic Recently the federal National party elected a new leader, named Michael McCormack. Soon after, the Australian Government swore in a new Deputy Prime Minister, also named Michael McCormack. That important role is always given to the leader of the Nationals as part of its agreement with the Liberal party. But when did this agreement start? And what's in it for both sides? International Women's Day The 8th of March is International Women's Day, when we're encouraged to learn more about the inequality faced by women and girls everywhere. But it's also a time to celebrate some of the amazing contributions women have made. To get you started, we'll run through some of the major milestones in the fight for women's rights and find out about a new ABC kids podcast that highlights the inspiring stories behind some of Australia's most inspiring women. Mardi Gras History It's a celebration attended by hundreds of thousands of people every year and this year it turns 40. But how did Sydney's Mardi Gras festival actually begin? We'll take you back in history to find out. Dingo Heroes A new study has found that sometimes dingoes can become unlikely heroes to small native animals. The wild dogs hunt feral predators like foxes and cats and, in the process, protect smaller native mammals that would usually be their dinner. Racing Class This weekend Australia's best V8 Supercar drivers will take part in the Adelaide 500. But before they hit the track, they'll be grilled by a group of school kids as part of a junior press conference. We tagged along to find out how these rookie reporters go - and discover what other lessons these kids can be taught in pit lane.
Gun Campaign Tragedy has inspired a group of young people in America to campaign for stricter gun control. The leaders of this movement were caught up in last week's school shooting in Florida. And now they're taking their message right to the President's door. Recycling Issues Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic We're previewing Clean Up Australia Day on the 2nd of March with a special look at recycling. Last year, we revealed that some of it is being stored in warehouses and some is being shipped overseas for processing. But now, China has announced that it's banning these imports, leaving Australian recycling companies worried about the future of the scheme. Aussie Seeds Australia will soon make its biggest deposit of seeds into the doomsday vault. We'll find out what that is and why locally-grown seeds could one day help save the world. BTN Investigates: How do eyes work? One of our viewers has asked us to find out how our eyes work. We will give you some insight! Poetry Prodigy Last year, 13-year old Solli Raphael became the youngest ever Australian Slam Poetry Champion. But what is slam poetry and how is it different to the forms of poetry you'd be more used to? We've asked Solli to explain.
Cape Town Drought After a long-running drought, the capital of South Africa is now just weeks away from running out of water. We'll take you there to find out how the residents of Cape Town are responding. Mungo Man: Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic The oldest skeleton ever found in Australia, known as Mungo Man, has been returned to his home 40,000 years after his death. He spent the past 40 of those years being studied by scientists. But while he's now been laid to rest, the fight over his remains isn't finished yet. Heatwaves Queensland is suffering through a massive heatwave this week, with record temperatures predicted. It left us we wondering - how do heatwaves like this actually happen? We asked ABC's weather experts to give us the down low. BTN Investigates: How does gravity work? This week, BTN viewer Zia asked us how Gravity works. It's a pretty heavy question Zia, but we're going to throw our weight into finding the answer. Harley Windsor 21-year old Harley Windsor has made history as the first Indigenous Australian to compete at the Winter Olympics. He put in an impressive performance in pairs figure skating. So we're going to introduce you to him and let him tell you how he got into this unique sport.
The Cabinet Files There's been a lot of discussion over the past week about some top secret documents called the Cabinet Files. They were found in two filing cabinets sold in a second-hand furniture store. We'll find out why the release of these documents is such a big deal. We'll also reveal how it could be illegal to do so in the future. Apology 10th Anniversary Today marks 10 years since Kevin Rudd said sorry to the stolen generations. We'll take a look back at the big moment and the reasons why it happened. Cryptocurrencies: Our next 'Ask a Reporter' Topic Cryptocurrencies have hit the mainstream following the sudden rise, then fall, of the value of bitcoin. But what actually is a cryptocurrency and how are they different to regular currencies? Chinese New Year Friday, February 16, marks the beginning of Chinese New Year. But you might be wondering why it's celebrated a month after the official change of year in Australia. Tune in for the answer. Surf Classes Recently some kids with a vision impairment in New South Wales got an awesome surfing masterclass from a record breaking Paralympian. Matt Formston wants to inspire others in a similar position - and the results speak for themselves.
Winter Olympics - Our next 'Ask a Reporter' topic Next week the Winter Olympic Games will begin. But while athletes around the world are gearing up for the competition, a lot of the focus has actually been on host country South Korea and its relationship with its neighbour, North Korea. Both countries have agreed to march under one flag at the opening ceremony and compete together in some sports. We'll find out why this small act of unity is actually a big deal. Safer Internet Day Have you ever wondered why many internet sites and services are banned for kids under 13-years old? To mark Safer Internet Day on the 6th of February, we're going to investigate. We'll also learn about other rules designed to keep you safe online. Greenland Warming Most of us have heard about the threat of global warming. But its effects can already be seen in the cold northern country of Greenland, where more and more ice is melting into the ocean each year. Though as Ruby found out, the warmer temperatures are also providing some positive opportunities for the people here, too. Super Blue Blood Moon This week, kids and adults all over Australia stayed up late to check out a very special moon. It was called a super blue blood moon and it looked pretty spectacular. But why did it look so different? We'll find out. T-Shirt Business Opening a business sounds like a pretty adult thing to do. But two 12-year old kids are proving that not only can you do it before hitting your teens - you can also be really successful! We'll hear from them to find out how they managed to do it.
The Year in Review This is our final episode for 2017, so to celebrate, we're taking a look back at some of the biggest stories we covered this year. We'll run you through all of the good, bad and the downright fascinating things that happened, plus we'll have a special 15 question super quiz to test your memory on too. And if that wasn't enough, we'll also reveal the winner of the first BTN Teacher awards. Join us for all the fun on BTN next week! Ask a Reporter Join Nathan as he answers all of your questions about how BTN is made. Head to our website to find out more and to send him all of your special BTN-related questions. Teaching Resources Included Learning areas: English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Use comprehension strategies to interpret and analyse information and ideas, comparing content from a variety of textual sources including media and digital texts (Year 6) English / Literacy / Texts in context: Compare texts including media texts that represent ideas and events in different ways, explaining the effects of the different approaches (Year 6) Media Arts: Plan, create and present media artworks for specific purposes with awareness of responsible media practice (Years 3 and 4) Plan, produce and present media artworks for specific audiences and purposes using responsible media practice (Years 5 and 6)
Zimbabwe The controversial President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe has resigned. Mugabe was under pressure from the country's military to step aside to make way for a new leader. The news triggered mass celebrations on the streets. We'll find out why. UN Kids Study A recent United Nations study has shown almost half of children feel their views go unheard by adults. It's just one of the statistics contained in the report, which surveyed children from 14 countries around the world. We'll dive into the data to find out what else has kids concerned overseas. Beach Safety App A nine-year old girl in Sydney has created an app to help save lives this summer. Sarah's app contains three mini games that teach people about sun protection, water safety and CPR. Teaching Resources Included Learning Areas - Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Health and PE / 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) The Sailing Kangaroo You might've met a kangaroo or two in your time, but you've probably never met one like Edward. He's a red kangaroo who's been blind since birth and currently, he lives on a boat floating along the Murray River. But Eddie's getting too big for life on the water so his owner Lee is trying to find him a new home. BTN Investigates - Christmas Traditions Christmas decorations are up and school is only a few weeks away from wrapping up. So one member of our audience asked us to find out where all of our beloved Christmas traditions came from. We'll deck the halls with loads of answers next week. Teaching Resources Included Learning Areas - HASS / History / Knowledge and Understanding: Celebrations and commemorations in places around the world (for example, Chinese New Year in countries of the Asia region, Bastille Day in France, Independence Day in the USA), including those that are observed in Australia (for example, Christmas Day, Diwali, Easter, Hanukkah, the Moon Festival and Ramadan) (Year 3) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues (Years 3 and 4) HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect information and data from different sources, including observations (Years 3 and 4)
Marriage Survey Results 61.6 percent of Australians have voted to allow same-sex marriage to be legalised. We'll take a closer look at the result and find out what's now required to make it official. Driverless Cars This week, Australia is hosting the International Driverless Car Summit. Experts from around the world will gather to talk about the benefits and challenges facing this new technology. Tune in for a full wrap of the pros and cons. Coral Spawning A special annual event has just got underway off the coast of Queensland. It's the time each year when coral right across the Great Barrier Reef reproduce. But experts are paying particularly close attention this year so they can measure how much the reef has suffered because of things like cyclones and bleaching. 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 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) Pet Bushfire Safety As bushfire season begins for many Australians, fire services and the RSPCA are teaming up to remind people not to leave their pets out of their family action plan. We'll run you through the best ways to make sure your four-legged friend stays safe this summer. Big Idea Winner We'll introduce you to a kid who's come up with a great way to make life easier for carers around Australia. Eight-year old Amelia has designed a special hoist to help lift her brother out of his wheelchair. And now the invention has won her a trip to NASA! 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) People use science understanding and skills in their occupations and these have influenced the development of practices in areas of human activity (Year 7) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting: With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6) Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating: Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations (Years 5 and 6)
Paradise Papers Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax. Ozone Improvement NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - 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) History of Toilets On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week. Indigenous Seasons We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring. But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent. Teaching resources included Learning Areas - Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4) Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (Year 7) Gaelic Covers Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.
Adani Mine You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate. Flu Season If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one. Extended teaching resources 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) Uluru Climbing Ban Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision. Recycling Week Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste. Extended teaching resources 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) Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (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) 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) BTN Investigates - History of Electricity Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!
NBN Problems This week there's been a lot of talk about Australia's National Broadband Network. It's the biggest infrastructure project in Australia's history , which aims to upgrade internet speeds right around the country. But it's copped a lot of criticism lately for being too expensive, too slow, and not as good as many had hoped. We take a look at exactly what the NBN is and why it's controversial. Kokoda Anniversary Next Thursday marks the 75 anniversary of a big moment in Australia's military history. On the 2nd of November Australian soldiers recaptured Kokoda after long and difficult campaign to stop Japanese invasion of Papua. We look at the history and significance of the Kokoda campaign. Kokoda Virtual Reality Experience To mark the anniversary of the Kokoda Campaign BTN has been working to produce an educational experience of the Kokoda track. It's called Kokoda VR and it transports you to real life locations where you'll hear and take part in the story. Before the release of Kokoda VR on Thursday we'll give you a look at how it all came together. Extended teaching resources Learning Areas - Heath 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 and 4) Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4) Heath 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) Mountain School Imagine having to trek for days through some of the world's most dangerous terrain just to get to school. That's what some kids in a remote part of the Himalayas face at the moment. An Australian charity is trying to help by building a boarding house where the children can safely get an education. BTN Investigates - Halloween BTN viewer Shelby has sent us a question just in time for October 31. She wants to know why people celebrate Halloween. We take a look at the origins of this spooky tradition.
The inaugural BTN Teacher Awards! Is your teacher something special? Do they go above and beyond to make your learning fun? Well BTN would like to hear from you! This week we're launching a new national competition to find Australia's most special teacher. All it takes to nominate them is a short video telling (and showing) us why you think they are the best. Tune in next week for all the details! Holden Closure This week marks the end of an era, as Holden's car manufacturing plant in South Australia closes its doors for good. It's a huge moment for workers and for the whole country, as we see the end of car manufacturing in Australia. We'll take a look at the history of this industry and find out what the future might hold for those affected. Space Discovery For the first time ever, scientists have traced gravitational waves through outer space to their source. That sounds exciting - but what does it mean? We'll find out how the discovery was made and why astronomers say it will change the way we look at the universe. Quoll Return It's been more than 50 years since Eastern Quolls became extinct on mainland Australia. But now the little marsupials are set for a comeback. Conservationists are taking quolls from a sanctuary in Tasmania and releasing them into a national park in New South Wales. We find out a bit more about the project and why it's good news for both quolls and the environment. 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) Teaching Australia Teaching is one of the most important jobs out there. So to celebrate all of the amazing work that teachers do each and every year, we're is launching a new competition - the BTN Teacher Awards! But first, we're going to find out a little more about what this job actually involves and how it's changed over the past hundred years. BTN Investigates - the History of Video Games BTN viewer Mini has asked us to find out what the first ever game was, who made it and why? Well Mini, you've come to the right place. We've put avid gamer Ruby on the case - tune in next week for her answer. 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)
Spain Protests Recently, big protests and even violence hit the European country of Spain. It's all because one region, Catalonia, is seriously considering breaking away from the rest of the country. Next week we'll find out why some Catalonians want to stay and others want to leave. BTN's Happiness Survey - What makes you happy and sad? Last term, we asked you to tell us when you're at your happiest and when you're not in the 2nd ever BTN Happiness Survey. And we were blown away with how many of you did just that! 46,974 of you responded, easily making it the biggest survey of youth health and wellbeing in Australian history. But what did you tell us? In part one of our two part special feature, we'll take a look at what areas of life that worry you most, along with the parts that put a smile on your dial. BTN's Happiness Survey - What's keeping you up? Sleep was also revealed as one of the factors affecting kids' happiness in the BTN Happiness Survey. But as you told us in the data, there are a lot of different factors stopping you from getting enough. We'll take a look at some of them in the second part of our special survey feature. Teaching resources included: Learning Areas - Heath 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 and 4) Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing (Years 5 and 6) Heath and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Discuss and interpret health information and messages in the media and internet (Years 3 and 4) Heath 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) Space Conference Over the holidays, Adelaide hosted the International Astronautical Congress, a meeting of the world's top minds in the field of space. And during the week, some big announcements were made, like the creation of a new Australian space agency and details on how a private space company intends to send people to Mars within the next 7 years. We sent Rookie Reporter Ness along to the conference to give you a taste of the action. Bush Detectives Australia has a lot of awesome native wildlife that we want to protect. But to do that effectively, researchers need to keep track of how many there actually are in the wild. Recently, some distance education students tried to hold their own population count. But as they found out, it can be trickier than it looks. 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) Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs (Year 7)
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.
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)
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.
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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