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Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues/Power Fix/Queensland Drought/Epilepsy/Earth Hour Torches/VR Classroom  |  ABC Me

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  |  ABC Me

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  |  ABC Me

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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Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student  |  ABC Me

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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Fire Aid/Vitamins/Beached Whales/Playground Sunnies/Shearing Kid  |  ABC Me

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  |  ABC Me

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  |  ABC Me

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  |  ABC ME

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  |  ABC ME

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  |  ABC ME

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  |  ABC ME

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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Iraq Battle/Shark Nets/Nuclear Friendship/Mozzie Season/Kid Cuts  |  ABC ME

Iraq Battle: The ongoing battle for one city in Iraq has captured attention around the world. The city is Mosul and while most countries aren't directly involved in the fighting there, they are interested in the result. That's because the city is currently being held by extremist group Islamic State. We take a closer look at the situation there and meet some of the kids stuck in the middle of it. Shark Nets: Should Australia's eastern beaches be protected by shark nets? That the controversial issue being debated right now after some recent shark attacks in the area. Some say people should be kept safe no matter what, others say we need to consider the welfare of sea life first. We look at both sides of the argument before letting kids have a say. 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: 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 6 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 6 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 Nuclear Friendship: It's not often a classroom lesson strengthens the relationship between two countries. But that's exactly what happened when the kids of Yalata in regional South Australia had a teacher from Japan visit to tell them about the nuclear bombing of Nagasaki. After hearing about the experience, those kids shared what they learnt with their elders, the traditional owners of Maralinga.And together, they decided to create a statue for Nagasaki to express their understanding and support. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive texts containing key information and supporting details for a widening range of audiences, demonstrating increasing control over text structures and language features Year 4 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 Visual Arts: Explore ideas and artworks from different cultures and times, including artwork by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, to use as inspiration for their own representations Years 3 & 4 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 Mozzie Season: A particularly wet winter in many parts of Australia has experts warning that a bad mosquito season is unfortunately heading our way. We find out why these tiny pests enjoy biting us so much and what can be done to stop them. Kid Cuts: Would you trust a kid with only a few hours experience to cut your hair? Well some adults did recently, when they signed up for free haircuts in Melbourne. We find out how the young amateur hairdressers found the experience.

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Nauru Kids/Heritage Hydro Scheme/Animal Attractions/Aboriginal Astronomy/Jousting  |  ABC Me

Nauru Kids: Last term on Behind the News, we launched the BTN Welcome Book, a project that invited you to draw a picture welcoming all refugee and migrant kids that come to Australia to live. But not all refugees that want to come to Australia are accepted. Instead, some are now settled on a small island nation called Nauru. We meet two of the young refugees who live there to find out what Heritage Hydro Scheme: It's been announced that the Snowy Mountains Hydro Scheme will be heritage listed. It's one of the most complex water-powered electricity generators in the world and is made up of 225 kilometres of tunnels, pipelines and aqueducts. We find out more about this massive project and discover why it was so important to the development of Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - History / Knowledge and Understanding: The reasons people migrated to Australia and the experiences and contributions of a particular migrant group within a colony Year 5 The contribution of individuals and groups to the development of Australian society since Federation Year 6 Stories of groups of people who migrated to Australia since Federation (including from ONE country of the Asia region) and reasons they migrated Year 6 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding/ Unit 1: Water in the world: The way that flows of water connect places as they move through the environment and the way these affect places Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Locate and collect relevant information and data from primary sources and secondary sources Years 5 & 6 Animal Attractions: When overseas on holiday, many families visit an animal exhibit to see some local wildlife. But tourism company Trip Advisor now says it's going to stop selling tickets to or promoting many of these experiences that it believes are cruel to the animals involved. That includes many attractions popular with families, like elephant rides and tiger selfies. Aboriginal Astronomy: Scientists think they may have found the world's oldest planetarium right here in Australia. The sacred Aboriginal site is believed to be made by the Wathaurung people to map the position of the sun, moon and stars in the sky. We find out how it worked and why it was created. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and Development of Science: Science involves making predictions and describing patterns and relationships Year 3 Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 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 Jousting: Can you imagine if it was your job to put on 30 kilograms of armour and charge towards opponents on horseback? That's the medieval sport of jousting and there is one man in Australia that lists it as his occupation. We check in with him to find out what it takes to become a champion in this ancient sport.

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Haiti Disaster/Children's Week/Elephant Poaching/Future Lifespan/#BootsOff  |  ABC Me

Haiti Disaster: Recently the country of Haiti was hit by a massive hurricane called Matthew. The storm caused widespread damage and killed more than one thousand people. As the recovery effort gets underway, we check in on kids there and find out what aid is needed most. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 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 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: Differences in the economic, demographic and social characteristics of countries across the world Year 6 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 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 Children's Week: National Children's Week is coming up and this year's focus is on Article 17 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. The article states that children "have the right to reliable information from the media. Mass media such as television, radio and newspapers should provide information that children can understand and should not promote materials that could harm children." We take a closer look at why that's so important. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - 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 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 How values, including freedom, respect, inclusion, civility, responsibility, compassion, equality and a 'fair go', can promote cohesion within Australian society Year 7 Elephant Poaching: Over the school holidays, a big international conference was held to try to better protect endangered species around the world. Elephants were high on the agenda because they are hunted for their ivory tusks. Unfortunately, attendees left the conference without being able to agree on the best course of action. So we decided to take a look at some of the ways rangers are already fighting back. Future Lifespan: How long do you expect to live? 100? 200? Even 300? Well scientists say that despite our rapidly improving medical technology, humans may not be able to live past 115 on average. We find out why it's our bodies that hold us back from immortality. #BootsOff: This week the new women's AFL competition held their inaugural draft. But on the same day, a campaign was launched to demand that the players selected be paid more for their efforts. The AFL has offered a minimum of $5000 a season. But many people say it should be much more. We look at both sides of this debate.

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North Korea Tests/Uniform Purchase//Hay Fever Season/Cerebral Palsy Day/Sea Perch Competition  |  ABC Me

NORTH KOREA TESTS: Concerns are growing about the threat posed by North Korea, after the rogue nation conducted its biggest nuclear weapons test yet. We take a closer look at this development and find out why some of the world's most powerful countries are now calling for action. 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 & 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 & 6 UNIFORM PURCHASE: The Australian Defence Force has announced that its new dress uniforms will be made in China. The decision has angered some people, who say the uniforms should be made here in Australia. We take a look at the pros and cons of buying locally. HAY FEVER SEASON: Across much of Australia it's been an unusually wet winter. And experts say that will likely lead to the worst spring hay fever season seen for many years. We find out what that'll mean for those who suffer from it. CEREBRAL PALSY DAY: During the upcoming school holidays World Cerebral Palsy Day will be held. It's a disorder that affects many different kids in many different ways. Max is one of them. But with some help from his very supportive class, Max is finding new ways of communicating with the world. SEA PERCH COMPETITION: Last year, we brought you the story of a group of Aussie kids who had created and started racing underwater robots called Sea Perches. In the year since, they've refined their designs and travelled to America to pit themselves against the world's best. Flynn and Heath took BtN along for the ride - tune in next week to find out how they went. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Digital Technologies Processes and Productions Skills: Define simple problems, and describe and follow a sequence of steps and decisions (algorithms) needed to solve them Years 3 & 4 Design, modify and follow simple algorithms involving sequences of steps, branching, and iteration (repetition) Years 5 & 6 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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Political Donations/15 years since 9/11/Swooping Season/Roald Dhal Centenary/Paralympics Kid  |  ABC Me

POLITICAL DONATIONS: Should overseas groups be allowed to donate money to Australian politicians? That's the question many are asking after Labor Senator Sam Dastyari allowed a Chinese company to pay a bill for him totalling $1670.82. He says the company expected nothing in return. But others say the payment is not okay. We take a look at both sides of the debate. 15 YEARS SINCE 9/11: Fifteen years ago, on the morning of September the 11th, one event in America changed the world forever. We take a look back at the World Trade Centre attacks to find out what happened and how the world has changed since. SWOOPING SEASON: It's now spring in Australia, a time when trees turn green and the weather finally warms up. It's also the time when some very aggressive black and white birds decide to randomly swoop down on kids everywhere. We take a look at why magpies act like this and what you can do to protect yourself. ROALD DHAL CENTENARY: On the 13th of September the world will mark what would've been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday. The British writer is still one of the most successful kids' authors in history, with 17 best-selling titles to his name. We find out more about Dhal's life and take a closer look at some of his stories. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - English / Literature / Examining Literature: Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4 Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6 English / Language / Language variation and change: Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time Year 5 English / Literature / Creating literature: Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5 English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating: Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6 PARALYMPICS KID: The Paralympics are getting underway so it's a great time introduce you to one of the youngest members of the Australian team. Her name is Isis and she'll be competing on the track in Rio. We'll also check in with the 15-year old's class back in Australia to find out how they'll be cheering her on during the games. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED: Learning Areas - Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health: Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 7 & 8 Movement and Physical Activity / Learning through movement: Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation Years 7 & 8 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 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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Plebiscite or vote?/Nuclear Forum/Sea Week/Working in Defence/Gorilla Girls  |  ABC Me

PLEBISCITE OR VOTE? The 45th parliament of Australia is now sitting for the first time since this year's federal election. And one of the biggest topics being discussed is whether the country's marriage laws should change to include same-sex couples. The PM says he's sticking to his plan to put the question to the Australian people in a plebiscite. But what exactly is that? And why are some marriage equality supporters against the idea? NUCLEAR FORUM It's not often kids get a say in big decisions facing their community. But that's what was attempted in South Australia recently over the issue of nuclear energy. The aim was to find out what SA kids think about it, because their generation will be most affected by the outcome. We went along to find out how the day played out. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 / 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 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information Summarise data, from students' own investigations and secondary sources, and use scientific understanding to identify relationships and draw conclusions Year 7 SEA WEEK Next week is sea week, a time when researchers aim to highlight some of the biggest issues affecting our oceans. But did you know that we're actually more familiar with the surface of Venus than the deepest parts of our oceans? There is one group trying to change that though. It's called the Ocean Exploration Trust and its mission is to explore the deepest depths on earth. WORKING IN DEFENCE The defence force has opened its doors to a group of young people to let them experience a few days in the life of an army, navy or air force officer. The aim is to encourage more people to consider a career in defence. We joined them on this unique excursion to find out what they thought. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences: Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties; These properties 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 & 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 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 GORILLA GIRLS Wednesday the 7th of September is National Threatened Species Day. It marks the 80th anniversary of the extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger and it aims to remind people about what can happen if we don't act quickly to help endangered species. That's something one young conservationist in New South Wales is very passionate about. So Zoe and her friends are launching a special recycling program to help save gorillas. And they want you to help!

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