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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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24:29 | Published 2 years ago
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Cyclone Debbie/Cashless Issues/BTN Investigates: Space/Cloud Atlas/Silo Art/Kind Classrooms 2017

Cyclone Debbie People in North Queensland are counting the cost and cleaning up after a huge tropical cyclone hit the area this week. We'll check in with kids from the area to find out what it was like to go through such a destructive storm and how the clean-up is going now. Cashless Issues The Reserve Bank says it will soon roll out a new way of paying for things, further reducing the need for people to carry cash. They say it will help consumers to buy things quickly and easily, but are there any people who will suffer from the move away from coins and notes? We take a look and find out how some groups are planning to solve the difficulties caused by a cashless world. BTN Investigates: Space This week on BTN Investigates, Tye has asked us if space is infinite. Well Tye, strap in because we will blast off to find an answer to your question next week. We'll also give you an exclusive look at the ABC's special educational event 'Stargazing', coming live to ABC TV next week. Cloud Atlas Did you know there's something called an International Cloud Atlas? It's a guide to all the different clouds that can be seen around the world and recently, the World Meteorological Organisation released a new one. It contains some pretty impressive new clouds, including one from a man in Australia. We take a look at some of most common types of clouds and find out how they're actually formed. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Represent and communicate observations, ideas and findings using formal and informal representations Year 4 Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Solids, liquids and gases have different observable properties and behave in different ways Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Silo Art Recently, artist Guido Van Helton began an ambitious project to create a massive artwork in a rural town. His canvas are 35 metre tall silos. His subjects; students from the local school. We find out from the kids involved what it's like to have your portrait painted 11 storeys high. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: The Arts / Visual Arts: Identify intended purposes and meanings of artworks using visual arts terminology to compare artworks, starting with visual artworks in Australia including visual artworks of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Years 3 and 4 Explore ideas and practices used by artists, including practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to represent different views, beliefs and opinions Years 5 and 6 Identify and connect specific features and purposes of visual artworks from contemporary and past times to explore viewpoints and enrich their art-making, starting with Australian artworks including those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Years 7 and 8 Develop ways to enhance their intentions as artists through exploration of how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes Years 7 and 8 Analyse how artists use visual conventions in artworks Years 7 and 8 Kind Classrooms 2017 Tune into this week's show to see all of the nice things Aussie classrooms have done for Kind Classrooms this year!

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Kind Classrooms 2017/What is 18C?/World Happiness/National Archives/Parking Win/Robotics Comp

Kind Classrooms 2017 Please submit your videos by Wednesday the 29th of March. What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. What is 18C? One number and one letter had many of Australia’s politicians talking this week. 18C is a section of law that talks about racial discrimination. Some politicians say it should be changed to allow people to speak more freely. Others say that would be dangerous. We explain more about what discrimination is and how this law might change things. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community Years 5 and 6 Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 6 and 7 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 Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 World Happiness How happy are you? That's what the UN asked thousands of people around the world recently for its annual happiness survey. We take a look at which countries are the happiest and more importantly, why. 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 National Archives The National Archives is currently moving more than 15 million documents to a new storage facility in Canberra. We join them as they transport some delicate material samples to find out what’s involved and why these artefacts are so important to our national history. Parking Win Recently the New South Wales Premier announced that parking fees at state hospitals are soon going to be a lot cheaper, saving people who have to make regular trips thousands of dollars a year. The change comes after months of campaigning from a teenager named Gidon. We checked in with him to find out how he feels about his win and what advice he has for other kids who want to campaign for change. Robotics Comp Finally, we’re going to hear from Amber and her robotics team, the Roboroos, as they take on others from around the country at the FIRST Robotics Championship. Find out more about their journey and how they went next week.

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24:29 | Published 2 years ago
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Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues/Power Fix/Queensland Drought/Epilepsy/Earth Hour Torches/VR Classroom

Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Power Fix Recently, South Australia has had problems with its power supply, so this week its Premier announced it would attempt to fix these issues with two things - batteries and gas. We take a look at both of these technologies and find out how each one might be able to make an electricity grid more reliable. Queensland Drought Almost 90% of the state of Queensland is currently suffering drought conditions, leading to worries for the people there that rely on rainfall for their livelihoods, like farmers. We meet some of the kids living in these drought areas to find out what sort of problems it's causing for them each and every day. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Geography / Water in the world: Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Epilepsy Sunday the 26th of March is Purple Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. So we asked one young Aussie to tell us what living with epilepsy means for him. Earth Hour Torches Some Kind Classrooms inspiration next - a group of kids are working hard to make cheap and enviromentally sustainable torches for families in Africa. They're building the solar-powered lights as part of Earth Hour, an environmental awareness campaign that's marking its tenth anniversary this year. We'll join them to find out how they make these special torches and why they're needed overseas. 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: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 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 VR Classroom We've all heard of the school of the air, but what about the school of virtual reality? Aurora College in NSW claims to be the first VR school in the state, with students meeting together digitally for lessons held by teachers all over the world. We find out what going to this special kind of school is really like.

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Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch/Vaccination/Famine/Platypus Research/ Why do we need to sleep?/Synchronised Swimming

Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kind kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Vaccination One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has described the Government's 'no jab no pay' policy as a 'dictatorship', saying parents should be allowed to choose not to vaccinate their kids. But that statement has health professionals really worried, because vaccines have already been responsible for wiping out some serious diseases and saving millions of lives. We'll take a closer look at the issue next week. 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 / Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Famine Recently, South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years. So this week on BTN, we're going to visit this country to find out what a famine is and why it's happening. We'll also find out what other countries can do to help. Platypus Research Right now researchers are trying to track one of Australia's most mysterious creatures. Scientists are scouring riverbeds in New South Wales for Platypuses as part of a three year count of the native Australian animal. We find out what they are hoping to learn. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 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 BTN Investigates: Why do we need to sleep? This week on BTN Investigates, Mitchell and Troy want to know why we need sleep. Well Mitchell and Troy, sleep is one of our favourite topics here on BTN. Tune in next week to find out all about what really happens to you during those hours of evening shut-eye. Synchronised Swimming It's a sport that combines dancing and gymnastics - all while underwater and often upside down. It's synchronised swimming and this week, we're going to meet some of the first boys to pick up the nose plugs in Australia. But they say they need one of the sports rules to change to be allowed to represent Australia at the Olympics one day. We meet them to find out more.

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Russia/International Women’s Day/Balloon Ban/Sideline Abuse/Dictionaries

Russia Open the newspaper or turn on the TV news and it’s pretty likely you’ll hear Russia mentioned. The country has hit the headlines repeatedly this year over accusations it has ties to the new US President and his administration. That’s big news because not so long ago, the two countries were bitter enemies. This week we find out more about Russia and its tumultuous relationship with the west. International Women’s Day: Women at Work Next week the world will mark International Women’s Day, which celebrates the awesome achievements of women all around the world. But it’s also a day to remember the past inequalities they have faced too, especially in the workplace. So in our next episode, we’re going to step back in time to find out what it was really like to be a working woman, before discovering some of the problems they still face today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Balloon Ban Have you ever let a helium balloon drift off into the sky? Or popped one outside and left the remains? Well Zoos Victoria say those two actions are incredibly dangerous for many birds, animals and sea creatures, because many of them mistake it for food. So now they are campaigning for balloons to be banned outside. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 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 Year 7 Sideline Abuse Have you ever been at a sports match and seen an adult behaving badly on the sidelines? Well experts say it’s happening way too often now. So some famous sports stars have helped to launch a campaign asking parents to make sure sport stays fun for kids. BTN Investigates: Dictionaries This week on BTN Investigates, Sean wants to know “how do you get a word in the dictionary?” Well Sean, you’ve come to the right place. Tune in next week to find out all about these massive books and how they’re compiled.

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24:29 | Published 2 years ago
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Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student

Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions about the relationship between his nation and the Palestinian people all the way over on the other side of the world. Palestine is currently not recognised as an independent state by Australia, but some say that should change. Others say it definitely shouldn't. We take a look at both sides of this debate and find out why so many prominent have weighed in on the topic. Cybersecurity Jobs Last week Google announced it was on the lookout to hire Australia's best and brightest hackers. Hackers are normally known for trying to steal other people's information or take down websites. So why would one of the biggest technology companies in the world want to hire them? Well hacking is becoming such an important job that many organisations and government agencies say more young Aussies need to start considering it as a career. BTN Investigates: Palm Oil This week, Alice asked BTN to investigate "why palm oil effects orangutans so badly?" We sent Matt out to discover how a simple food product can hurt primates and what you can do to help. 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 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 Mystery Planet Would you like to discover a new planet? Well now you have the chance, after NASA asked for help to comb through millions of photos of our solar system to find a mysterious 9th planet that they suspect exists - but have so far not been able to see. We reveal how you can get involved in the hunt. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 6 Robotic Student Being stuck at home because of sickness can be a real problem for some kids. They miss out on important lessons at school and the chance to hang with their friends too. Well now remote controlled robots are being used to help. We meet one of the kids who've used on to stay connected from home.

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24:27 | Published 2 years ago
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Fire Aid/Vitamins/Beached Whales/Playground Sunnies/Shearing Kid

Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. We hear from some kids who have been affected and find out how help is reaching them. Vitamins Seven in ten Aussies regularly take supplements, like vitamins or herbal medicines. But now, Australia's leading group of doctors say people may not be getting the benefits from them that they expect. We take a look at some of the most common supplements to find out how much evidence there really is behind them. Beached Whales Last week, hundreds of whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Some were able to get reach safety, while others died when they couldn't get back into deeper water. We explore some of the theories around why some of the biggest, smartest creatures in the ocean often end up beached on the shore. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: 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 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 6 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7 Playground Sunnies Most kids know they have to wear sun protection when outside. But some eye specialists say hats and sunscreen don’t protect kids’ eyes, so they're now calling for schools to make sunglasses compulsory. They say too many kids are getting eye damage from the sun and that could easily be prevented. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted Year 5 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 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote 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 English / Literacy / Creating texts: 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 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Shearing Kid Wool has been a vital commodity in Australia ever since 29 sheep were brought out on the First Fleet in 1788. But through all of the years since, technology still hasn’t been able to replace the job of a skilled shearer. In this story, we’ll meet a 5-year old already looking to make his mark on the industry, before finding out more about the history of this important occupation.

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Bernardi's Party/Clean Coal/75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing/Women's Sport/Indigenous Art Installation

Bernardi's Party A South Australian Senator has controversially decided to leave the federal Liberal party - to start his own. Some say it's a good move, others say it's the wrong thing to do. But either way, Cory Bernardi isn't the first person to start a new political party. This week, we find out more about the political parties Australians have voted for in the past and what it takes to get a new one going. Clean Coal Australia is one of many countries around the world currently trying to cut carbon emissions. And last week, the Prime Minister announced that the government would soon look to 'clean coal' energy generation to help do that. But what is clean coal and can it really generate cleaner energy? We find out. 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 Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 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 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 75th Anniversary Darwin Bombing There were a lot of life-changing events that happened during World War Two, but most happened far from Australia's shores. That was until the 19th of February 1942, when Darwin was bombed by Japanese forces. It became the single biggest attack on Australian soil. Next weekend is the 75th anniversary of that bombing, so we're going to take a look at what actually happened and how it affected our country. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 and 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 / Knowledge and Understanding / History: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Women's Sport The new AFL women's league launched last weekend. Fans packed stadiums and nearly 900,000 people tuned in to watch the opening game. The AFL says it's great, not just for the league, but for women's sport in general. We talked to some of the stars of the new league and their young fans to find out what impact this success might have on girls considering sport as a career. Indigenous Art Installation Kids from the town of Parkes in New South Wales have helped to create a major piece of art. They recorded their voices in Wiradjuri, the traditional language of the area and then got to hear the results when the exhibition launched in Sydney.

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President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates

President Trump/Hijab Day/Terms and Confusion/School of the Air/Farm Living/BTN Investigates President Trump Over the holidays, Donald Trump was inaugurated as the President of the United States. And in the weeks since, his decisions have made headlines around the world. The reason he’s been able to make so many big calls in such a short time is because he has a special power that many other leaders don’t have - Executive Orders. We’ll find out all about them next week. Hijab Day Over the holidays, the Muslim religion was in the news a lot too. While some of that attention focused on Donald Trump’s recent visa restrictions for people from some Muslim nations, in Australian there was also controversy around an Australia Day billboard featuring two girls wearing hijabs. The 1st of February was World Hijab Day, so we asked one young girl to tell us what a hijab is and why she wears one. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Health and Physical Education: Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 and 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How a person’s identity can be shaped by the different cultural, religious and/or social groups to which they may belong Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Reflect on their cultural identity and how it might be similar and different from others Year 4 Civics and Citizenship / Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: How Australia is a secular nation and a multi-faith society Year 7 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a ‘fair go’, can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Terms and Confusion Many kids use social media sites like Instagram and snapchat. But did you know they are all not allowed to be used by people under 13? That is just one of the rules written in the terms and conditions that you agree to when you install them. But experts say there is no way kids could read let alone understand all of the things they are signing up to, so they are campaigning for them to be simplified. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Digital Technologies Processes and Production Skills: Plan, create and communicate ideas and information independently and with others, applying agreed ethical and social protocols Years 3 and 4 Plan, create and communicate ideas and information, including collaboratively online, applying agreed ethical, social and technical protocols Years 5 and 6 Plan and manage projects that create and communicate ideas and information collaboratively online, taking safety and social contexts into account Years 7 and 8 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 ABC ‘Back to School’ feature: School of the Air Most Australian students have now returned to school for another year. But for the kids in this story, that experience was very different. They live on a remote property in Queensland, so their classes are actually held in a small building next to their home. We asked them to explain what it’s like to do all of your lessons over the net and how their school day is different to yours. Farm Living A young girl has found a fun way to teach people about what it's like to live on a farm. She and her Dad record parody songs and upload them to YouTube. And they've been getting heaps of attention. We invited Aimee to tell you all about it. BTN Investigates Have you seen or heard something in the news you'd like explained? Well now, clarity is only a click away with BTN Investigates. It's a section on our website where you can let us know what topics you want us to cover. It could be because it's confusing you, worrying you, or exciting you. We’ll pick the most popular suggestions to cover on the show.

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Fake News/Mawson Anniversary/International Disability Day/High School Transition

Fake News: Critics say it changed the course of the American Election. Facebook says it is struggling to stop it. We're talking about fake news. And whether it's described as harmless fun or a serious problem, the one thing we can be sure of is that there is more of it around now than ever before. We take a look at what effect false headlines can have and how you can determine the truth. Mawson Anniversary: One hundred and five years ago, Douglas Mawson set off on an expedition that would write his name in the history books and earn him a knighthood in the process. But what happened on this trek that would ensure his story lived on for more than a century? We go digging through the history books to find out. 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 & 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Two part BtN Special feature - International Disability Day Part 1 - Living in Silence: In the first part of our special Disability Day feature, we're going to give you an insight into what a normal school day is like for a kid who is deaf. You will meet Tanya, who will tell her own story using no sound at all. And in doing so, you'll learn that her world is both very different and very similar to that of other Aussie school kids. Part 2 - Living loud: In the second part of our special Disability Day feature, we'll introduce you to Cameron, who lives with a condition called Tourette's. It's a neurological disorder that causes sudden movements or noises that can't be controlled and it affects 1 in every 100 kids. Cameron tells us what it's like to have Tourette's and shares the things he'd like other kids to be aware of if they ever meet him. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing: Describe how respect, empathy and valuing diversity can positively influence relationships Years 3 & 4 Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community (ACPPS060) Years 5 & 6 English / Literacy / Creating texts: 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 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Use interaction skills when discussing and presenting ideas and information, selecting body language, voice qualities and other elements, (for example music and sound) to add interest and meaning Year 7 High School Transition: As the school year winds up, we know a big proportion of our audience will be contemplating the nerve-wracking move to high school next year. So what better way to put their minds at ease than to get some advice from kids that experienced the same thing just 12 months ago! Tune in to hear about all of the differences and similarities, best and worst parts of moving up in life.

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Climate Talks/White Ribbon Day/Skin Cancer/Artificial Intelligence Jobs/Subs in Schools

Climate Talks: In the immediate aftermath of the US election, PM Malcolm Turnbull announced Australia has now ratified the Paris climate agreement. More than 100 countries originally signed the agreement at a conference in Paris last year. But now, as a new international climate conference begins in Morocco, world leaders are concerned the second largest carbon emitter in the world, the US, will walk away from the targets they agreed to when Donald Trump becomes President next year. We find out what this might do to the agreement and why Australia wants to be involved anyway. 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 & 6 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 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 White Ribbon Day: One in four children in Australia are exposed to domestic violence. It's a statistic that is shocking to read, but even more shocking to picture while looking around an average classroom of kids. So this week, in the lead up to White Ribbon Day on the 25th, we're checking in with schools around Australia to find out what they are doing to help end the cycle of violence against women continuing into the future. Skin Cancer: It's nearly summertime which often means long hot days spent at the beach or by the pool. But it can also mean sunburn, which is why next week is Skin Cancer Action Week. We take a look at what skin cancer is and how being careful now can pay dividends in the years ahead. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and PE / Personal Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 & 6 Investigate community resources and ways to seek help about health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 & 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 & 6 Artificial Intelligence Jobs: It's no secret that technology is moving ahead at an incredible rate. And one area that many researchers are working on is Artificial Intelligence, or AI. But what is AI and how could it affect our lives and careers in the decades ahead? We find out. Subs in Schools: Next month, a group of primary schoolers will compete against secondary school teams at the 'Subs in Schools' national underwater robot competition. We met team Triton to find out how they were planning to blow their older and more experienced competitors out of the water.

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New President/Air Pollution//Part 1 - Rural RefugeesPart 2 - Refugee AFL Program/Inventive Kids

New President: In a result most didn't predict, Americans have elected businessman and former reality star Donald Trump as the 45th President of the country. We'll introduce you to the next leader of the free world and let you know his plans for the future. Air Pollution: Imagine if your school had to close because the air outside was too polluted to breathe. That's what happened in India's capital New Delhi recently. Students and teachers there petitioned government to do something about it. But they aren't the only kids in the world struggling to breathe safely. 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 & 6 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Place and liveability: The influence of environmental quality on the liveability of places Year 7 Two part BtN Special feature - Refugees in Australia: Part 1 - Rural Refugees: In some rural areas, communities are shrinking as residents gradually move to the city. But recently, the people of Mingoola decided to do something about it. They hatched a plan by encourage refugee families to move there. And now, they say the move has revitalised the town. Part 2 - Refugee AFL Program: A new AFL coaching program has been created to help young refugees to feel more connected to their community. It's already been hailed a success by AFL representatives and community leaders. But one inspiring young girl sees it as more than a lot of fun, she sees it as her ticket to the big time. Inventive Kids: Three Aussie kids will be heading to NASA in the US after being named the winners of a national competition for young inventors. We'll meet these resourceful young people and find out what amazing ideas they came up with. 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 & 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Questioning and predicting: With guidance, pose clarifying questions and make predictions about scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating: Reflect on and suggest improvements to scientific investigations Years 5 & 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: 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

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Australia and the US/Antarctic Marine Park//Remembrance Day Research/Yarloop School/Young Explorer

Australia & the US: Next week, much of Australia will be talking about the results of the United States' Presidential election. But why do we care what happens there? Well the US and Australia have long had a close relationship. We find out why next week. Antarctic Marine Park: Many countries around the world teamed up recently to protect one and a half million square kilometres of the Ross Sea, near Antarctica. The area is described as one of the most pristine on earth and protecting it means fishing, mining and other activities will be banned there. We find out why that's so important for this chilly part of the ocean. Remembrance Day Research: Next Friday, at the 11th hour of the 11th day in November, Australians will pause to remember those that have fallen during war for Remembrance Day. As part of last year's commemorations, some school kids in Adelaide decided to investigate the important role their neighbourhood played during World War I. We'll tell you what they discovered next week. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines Years 5 & 6 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 Yarloop School: Imagine having to move your entire school to a new location about 18 kilometres away from your home. Then imagine finding out it'll have no playground or library. That's exactly what the students and teachers of Yarloop Primary School in Western Australia had to go through after a massive fire tore through their town. But nearly a year on, they've not been told if or when they'll be able to return. We check in to find out why they miss their old school so much and what they're doing to try to get back there. Young Explorer: A teenager from Melbourne was recently named Australia's Young Adventurer of the Year. Jade Hameister earned the title by trekking 150kms to the North Pole. And now, she's already training for her next big adventure. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Pose questions to investigate people, events, places and issues Year 4 Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Sequence information about people's lives and events Year 4 Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 History / Knowledge and Understanding: The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 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 & 6

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