Junior scientist Missy demonstrates a colourful experiment that explains the law of conservation of mass, or why freshwater floats on salt water. This separation of density is seen in naturally occurring phenomena like estuaries, anchialine pools and underwater caves. When fresh water and salt water meet, their different densities stratify and collect in layers.
Maddie and her classmates from Westminster School demonstrate an experiment they conducted on plant health and water salinity, explain how plants absorb water and reveal new research into developing hardier plants that can withstand higher rates of salinity. To conduct your own experiment at home, you'll need salt, water, sticky labels, markers, plastic cups, a measuring jug, large plastic containers, and the plants.
Junior scientist Phoebe demonstrates how to make a cast of an animal track, preserving it for observation, and what happens to similar imprints over millions of years. To cast a trace fossil in your own backyard, you will need some plaster of Paris, water, a mixing container, paper clips and sturdy cardboard.
Junior scientist Phoebe builds a simple drawing machine based on the mechanics of a computer numerical control (CNC) router. To get drawing at home, you will need some sturdy cardboard, some paper, sticky tape, scissors, a marker, wooden skewers, straws and a length of string.
DIY scientists Phoebe and Tom demonstrate how to work out the optimal length of skipping ropes for individual heights, using a control test. As they work out which length completes a full revolution the quickest, Tom and Phoebe explain why there is a difference at all. To conduct your own test, you'll need skipping ropes, a stopwatch, paper for recording your results and two willing participants.
Junior scientist Erika shows us how to cut through a solid block of ice using only a length of wire, a weight and two tables. Watch as the pressure from the weight causes the wire and frozen water molecules to collide, releasing a tiny amount of heat that melts the ice for just long enough for the wire to pass through, with the ice resolidifying once it returns to its normal pressure. This process of melting ice under pressure is called regelation.
Junior scientist and skateboarder, Harry, is here to test how the size of the wheel affects the speed of the board. If you want to test out your board's potential speeds, you'll need two sets of skateboard wheels, an adjustable spanner for attaching and detaching the wheels, a timer, eight to 10 bottles, a measuring tape, chalk or tape, some paper and a pen, a friend to help record results, a skateboard and a helmet.
Junior scientist Milly reveals how to make the paw-fect treat for your doggy pals. To make these canine cookies at home, you will need flour, rolled oats, hot water, peanut butter, a mixing bowl and spoon, a baking tray, cookie cutters and an oven.
Junior scientist Phoebe constructs a number of geometric toys out of card, explaining why these shape-shifting objects work and how to make them on your own. To follow along, you will need some coloured card and paper, scissors, sticky tape, a pen and a ruler.
Junior scientist Alexi demonstrates the science behind water currents. Currents occur when different temperatures (thermal energy) interact and change each other's density, which causes movement. To create your own water current experiment, you'll need a transparent plastic tank or container, two different food dyes, a small narrow-necked bottle, and an adult.
Junior scientist Bella explains the lifestyle of the most famous aquatic arthropod, the lobster, and dissects a specimen to explore the anatomy of these clawed crustaceans. Lobsters have a tough exoskeleton, or carapace, which will require strong scissors to pierce. Once below the protective exterior, you will find everything from digestive glands and feathery gills to the tail's main artery and intestine (hindgut).
Join junior scientist Olivia as she experiments with two stethoscope designs and teaches us how they work. To create your own acoustic medical device and get monitoring, you will need two large and two small plastic funnels, a length of plastic tubing, two cardboard tubes, sticky tape, scissors, paper for recording your results and a willing helper. Did you know French physician Rene Laennec designed the first stethoscope in 1816?
Junior scientist Josephine shows us how to split a light bean and expose all the colours of the rainbow. The light emitted from a regular torch appears white, but when passed through a prism it changes speed and disperses across the differing wavelengths, giving you each colour in the visible spectrum. To conduct this experiment at home, you will need a few torches, a glass prism, red, green and blue cellophane, rubber bands and a darkened room.
Junior scientist Harry explains how to construct an amplifier for your smartphone using a paper towel roll, 2 milk bottles, a pen, and a pair of scissors. Amplification increases a signal, or sounds wave, by catching the waves and controlling their directionality before they disperse. In this case, Harry's DIY speaker using the cylindrical paper towel roll to catch the smartphone's weaker signal, forcing it in a single direction and increasing the volume.
With balloons, empty drinking cans and materials to create an extra electric charge, the junior scientists at Walkerville Primary School demonstrate how to use static electricity to move another object and explain what is going on when they do. By rubbing the balloons with different fabrics, negative electrons are transferred to the balloon and attract the positive electrons in the drink can.
Arthropods comprise the phylum Euarthropoda and are invertebrates characterised by their external skin or exoskeleton (integument), a segmented body and jointed limbs that come in pairs. Join junior scientist Carrick as he explores all the incredible arthropods found in our backyard, common critters such as ants, spiders, dragonflies and even crabs. Listen as he explains how ants use pheromones to communicate and spiders use vibration to identify their prey.
Ever wondered how a computer works and what it looks like inside? Junior scientist Carrick takes us on a tour of all the hardware inside a computer. From the motherboard to the CPU (central processing unit) and hard drive, Carrick explains where to find it and what it does.
Junior scientist Hannah demonstrates how to make a Heron's fountain using three large plastic bottle, flexible tubing, clay or sticky putty, scissors, water and food dye. A Heron's fountain is a hydraulic machine that uses gravity and air pressure to push water from one vessel to another. Did you know that the Hero fountain was developed by first century AD engineer, Heron of Alexandria? And, those similar principles apply to the geological phenomenon of geysers?
Join junior scientist Jack as he builds an electromagnet using a D-sized battery, coated copper wire, a nail file and some metal nails. Electromagnets are created when an electrical current is passed through a tightly wound coil, causing an electromagnetic field. Being able to control the magnetic field, by changing the amount of electricity passing through the coil, gives the user the ability to turn it on or off at will, and making it advantageous over the permanent magnet.
Fourteenyearold Chloe has come into accident and emergency with an irritated eye. Professor Simon Carley is on hand to take a look. Prof Simon puts a special drop into her eye, turns out the lights, and checks it out using ultraviolet light to search for any scratches. sure enough he finds one and thankfully things aren't serious. The good prof offers encouraging words and some eye cream which will shortly heal Chloe's cornea!
What would it be like to live on Mars Well, a group of volunteers is hoping to help provide some insight as they take part in a year long experiment that simulates what it would be like to live on Mars. Find out how researchers prepared the experiment and helped recreate a little bit of Mars on Earth.
Chris is on the first response ambulance team with paramedic Jan Vann, as they respond to a call saying a 76yearold lady has a dislocated hip. When they arrive, Jan first has to make sure first there's been no damage to poor Geraldine's nerves and blood vessels. This is actually a recent replacement hip that's been dislocated again. The ambulance attendants arrive and come in with a special chair to transport our brave gal. after some very careful manoeuvring, Geraldine is on her way to hospital
Shaun Jones, besides holding the world record for squat lifts, has mastered the unusual art of blowing up hot water bottles until they explode! His amazing ability comes from the way he can expand his lungs, taking in loads more air than the average person. Then, with the superstrong muscles in his chest, diaphragm and tummy Kapow!
Nineyearold Jamie has a tummy scar to show Xand. It's from The lad's hernia operation, and he wants to know what the heck a hernia is! We learn that in your tummy, when some of your guts poke through a hole, it's got to be fixed. This will save you from having emergency surgery later. It's always cool that Xand lets the children know their scars are cool!
Chris and Xand get into their jammies and spend the night at a sleep clinic. Monitoring the proceedings is sleep expert Wahab Dhemech. His overnight observations of the brothers are fascinating, and common to us all. We all fall into sleep cycles of 90minute periods repeated throughout the night. From light, to deep, to REM sleep the sequence becomes heavier as we hit dreamland. We're informed that kids need eight hours to rest and replenish both body and brain. Adults can get away with less b
Duane talks with Patrick Hanna, flight simulator instructor. What Pat does is put the nervous person in touch with a phobia specialist. Next, he holds a session right in a simulated cockpit with full console and controls, and explains just how a big airplane is able to get off the ground. Lastly he gets the client to take a flight in a light aircraft, to prove whether or not they are conquering their phobia. We see Duane also chatting with young future pilots in training, both boys and girls.
Rookie reporter, Joe, allows us to tag along as he explains his love for stars and builds his own weather balloon so that he can send it up to take some pictures. There are some complications along the way, but Joe proves to be committed and resilient when it comes to completing his mission.
Sixyearold Rosie has been rushed to hospital with a head injury suffered while playing tag on the playground and bumping heads with another child. Professor Simon Carley leads the hospital trauma team, and first wants to check if Rosie has any bleeding in her brain. It's worrying that straightaway she had been behaving strangely and vomiting. So it's off for a CT scan, with Dad wearing a protective pinny at bedside. This will shield him from the Xrays but not impede him from giving lots of comfo
We follow up on 14yearold Rachel's dislocated jaw problem, which she got from biting the sofa. This is part two of the story, so we'll sidestep the silliness to focus on the medical solution! We watch as Dr Shrouk Messahel puts her thumbs deep into Rachel's mouth, pushing down hard on the back of her jawbone. Even though slightly built, the good doctor gets her knee on the chair and applies her full body weight into the manoeuvre. That's fine, as we learn that the jaw is one of the strongest bon
Meet Zoe and Lochlan from one of the coolest schools you'll ever see, a high school that keeps and cares for several different types of reptiles. From snakes to lizards, they've got a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of cages to clean but getting to interact with the reptiles is a pretty unbelievable experience.
If you closed your eyes and stuck out your tongue do you think you could tell by taste, what morsel of food was placed on it Chris tries this on brother Xand, but before placing a piece of chocolate on his outstretched tongue, he dries Xand's licker with a tea towel. The alwayshungry Xand inexplicably guesses 'cheese'! Chris knows his brother's whiff is fully explainable. He tells us the molecules in food that give it flavour need to be dissolved in saliva before your tastebuds can detect it!
Xand is having a good laugh in the lab, as in the name of experimentation, he puts brother Chris up to drinking his own wee! Actually it will be the water separated from the leftover waste toxins which have already been processed by the kidneys. Somehow Chris remains fussy about this whole business. It's pointed out however, that right this minute, everyone's kidneys are separating out the water from the waste toxins. This water will now be distributed throughout the body to all your organs and
Dr Anand Kasbekar is an ears, nose and throat specialist, who is going to remove the tonsils of two young patients, Bailey and Amber. The doctor tells us that tonsils are there to fight off viruses and infections, but can succumb to same when they are overwhelmed. We can actually do without them, as our bodies have enough other infection fighters in other places. Two different surgeons operate on these little patients, and each specialist has their own effective technique. It's also fascinating
The lesson for today is all about the quality of our poo and what goes into it. Chris and Xand have eaten two different diets before coming to the lab. For the first two days, only Xand gets to air his poo out for this experiment. In live footage taken with a special camera, we see Chris' intestine all packed with poo because of the crucial differences in the fuel each brother has taken in. Xand's diet was all about fibre fruits, veggies and lots of water. The result disgusting or not demonst
Fouryearold Joseph was doing some breakdancing at school break time, when he broke something! Now at the hospital with his sore elbow, Joseph and his mum meet with nurse practitioner Julia Maxted. She notes the little lad cannot straighten his arm, and his elbow indeed appears swollen almost sure signs that he has broken something. Sent off for an Xray, we get the detail on just how the machine works to snap a perfect pic of Joseph's elbow. With the break located, a cast is fitted and a sling p
Fiveyearold Maxton sits in accident and emergency with a patch over his eye. On break time at school he was balancing himself on tree stumps lost his footing and banged his brow on one of them. Nice then, that Dr Gemma McLeod is on hand to have a look at our bangedup boy. After peeling the plaster away, she tells Maxton she can glue the wound together, which makes him become unglued! Much to the amusement of his mum and the doctor, he goes off on a tangent about having his whole head split in
We dare you to meet 'Mr Methane' then refrain from running away! If you do stick around, you'll hear about the fine art of sphincter expansion and diaphragm control. Blowing his bowel bugle becomes a misty marathon as he gets his second wind, and third, and fourth ad nauseam. Taking a solo spin around the dance floor, this masked marvel defies mortification. Constantly. What can be learned from these rapidfire rhapsodies You may think this talent is overblown but it truly is a superpower to be
Kloe and Alexia, figure skaters in CBBC's Ice Stars, try to teach Xand to do some spins. They themselves almost collapse in a heap of laughter because of Xand 's ineptitude and dizziness! Top expert in dizziness, Dr Barry Seemungal, has a scientifically designed chair set up to measure dizziness in the dark! Xand goes for a spin and we see the usual body reactions. our two skaters try the chair and have zero dizziness which astounds Dr Barry. He says that studying ballet dancers and figure skat
Nineyearold Claudia, having experienced tummy pains in her gall bladder area, readies herself for some hospital tests. Thus far, her blood tests have come back clear, so now Dr Nik Barnes is going to perform an ultrasound. We learn this process uses sound waves and echoes, the way submarines use sonar to find their way underwater. Having worked the ultrasound wand on Claudia's tummy, we se on the screen the dark area that is her gall bladder. Dr Nik has checked the liver as well, and cannot find
In accident and emergency, eightyearold Evie awaits treatment because she has gotten grit into her chin! It happened when she was doing some sledging in the snow, lost control, and flew chinfirst down the hill scraping herself on the underlying gravel. Luckily, Dr Suzanne Baron is on hand to help. We get an animated explanation about the five layers of skin protecting the chin, which will need to be cleaned and pushed back together. Next, nurse Susan Musson steps up to extract that last bit of
Here is a trick that is full of the magic of childhood and reminiscent of comic book superheroes! Xand demonstrates this to the encouragement and cheering of Chris and all the kids. To make this illusion you have to stand a little bit far away. You have your back to your audience and balance yourself on the ball of one foot only. You lift the other foot off the ground and lift the heel of your earthbound foot. with practice it actually appears that you are levitating slightly!
The twins stare at a picture of Justin Bieber, while they silently compete to be president of his fan club! Actually, it's to share a trick you can play on anyone's eyeballs. Staring at a negative image of Justin's face without blinking for 30 seconds will 'burn' that image into your brain. Looking away now, and you'll be amazed to continue seeing the image, almost ghostly, but still with definition. This is your eyes sending messages to your brain, then getting tired while staring, and ceasin
Twelveyearold Arthur visits Chris to have his scalp seen. He notes that the flaky skin patches also appear all over his body. Chris diagnoses 'psoriasis', mentioning it's very common and genetically related. Overproduction of skin cells plus inflammation call for a simple and specific treatment.
Today, Natalie chats with a couple of foremen, about their job demolishing buildings. So many logistics! Dealing with safety measures and calling in engineers are one big part of it. If the front of the building is near a road for instance, bringing that down is trickier, and a particular building can take two months to demolish. We watch and learn about the big machinery starting at the top and tearing the roof off! We observe other workers hosing the dust down, and hear about the recycling pra
It's Magic Glenn with Kellyn along today, to show us some excellent tricks we can try at home! The first feat of magic uses static electricity and tinsel to defy gravity. The next one, using a mere drink bottle and drinking straw, is called 'How to freak your parents out'. Again, scientifically based, and static electricitycharged! Next up is the $50 challenge. If all of this sounds intriguing wait'll you see the finale starring Kell, the bubble girl.
Young Joe is in accident and emergency with a worrying eye problem. He and his friend were playing in the garden, shooting tin cans with a BB gun. They thought the safety catch was on! Dr Henri Sueke, eye specialist, runs Joe through some eyesight tests. There is more worry when Joe fails to see how many fingers the doctor shows him. Examining the lad through his microscope, Dr Henri cannot discern whether there's been permanent eye damage, because the blood in the front of the eye is preventing
Chris plays a trick on his brother involving poor Xand's lunch money! Unfortunately, Xand goes for it but he's not up to the challenge. All the young students looking on are not up to the challenge either, to be fair. Imagine if you were standing up straight with your heels against a wall. Chris drops your lunch money on the ground in front of you and challenges you to bend over and pick it up. Sounds easy but when we bend forwards and young George has guessed the right answer your bum pushes
Today Natalie talks to keeper Luke Hausler about a cute baby rhino that has now grown to be a year old, and thriving nicely. We may well agree with Nat that a rhino baby could top our list of cutest ones! Catching up with the former little one is a happy experience as they chat about the many kilos of grass she eats and the fact that her milk days are long behind. Now integrated with the other adult girls including her mum and grandmum she's not as shy. Including around the males! This is so g
Stacey talks to Charbray cattle stud owner Graham Nielsen. We learn their background as well as the advantages of raising them. Graham's granddaughters have a pet bull of this breed named Louie. He was born as a twin but couldn't suckle from his mum, so was rescued and handfed from milk bottles. A young bull now, he's friendly around humans and is a sweet if unorthodox kind of pet!
Stacey talks to tiger handler Simon Murray, who leads a fourmonth old tiger on a leash around the park. As he was born in captivity and the theme park will be his world, they want to get 'Ty' used to his surroundings. It takes constant patience and reassurance to calm the fears from the sensations the tiger cub constantly takes in. Susan Clay is a wildlife educator and trains dingoes, noting 'You have to get to them when they're very young'. Stimulation for these young animals, enrichment of the
Sandra Sharpe is a physiotherapist who specialises in animals! She's had a university education, first in physio for humans, before branching out. Duane joins her as she does a checkup on a laidback and willing Rhodesian ridgeback cross. Getting the history from the owner is the first step, and then on her own, Sandra watches the way the dog walks. That's followed by a thorough feeling out process, and for sure finding those tense muscles. Just as for treating humans, muscle stimulation, hot and
Kellyn's hanging out hang gliding today! Chief flight instructor Lisa Bradley is on hand to guide and help get her up there. Lisa is the only female hang gliding instructor in Australiaand cherishes her teaching and flying job every single day. As does the cheery pilot bloke who flies tandem with Kell 'on his back'. The shoot is done so well, we feel we're flying with these two getting a sense of that thrilling freedom as they take in the grandeur of the earth below.
Emma talks with snake breeder Astrid Moore, who has just placed a python on her to wear! We learn the proper way to wear a snake and that is acting like a tree branch to make it feel safe. Not showing your fear helps a heap. Next, expert Jody Ible gets Emma familiar with a barking spider whether she likes it or not! One more character is introduced this one with feathers making for a safe, cosy ending for Emma and us.
Kellyn literally wades in to ask marine education manager Susan Hassard all about feeding the dolphins! These playful, bottlenosed beauties show their trust in the tourists feeding them and have come to know this place as a safe harbour. So much so in fact, that an overnight birthing mother will bring along its calf for feeding the next day! This video is useful in showing the gentle respect that all animals need.
Leela enjoys a chat with goat farmer Katharine Sullivan. We're educated about the qualities of miniature 'pocket' goats, who also have beautiful blue eyes. Then it's feeding time for the eightweekold kids, and when they come running to the handheld milk bottles, we see they're savage feeders! We are introduced to more breeds such as the angora, which provides wool, and two varieties of milking goat, including favourite Gracie.
Maik Fiedel displays his charming job skills for us looking after the tarantula collection at the Melbourne Museum. Mainly a docile species, tarantulas still pose a considerable threat to Australian wildlife because they live for ages, and lay thousands of eggs each year. Even with eight eyes, their sight is so weak that they rely on their abundant leg hair to sense moisture and vibration of nearby prey.
Scott talks with Myron, the boss of a boot factory that's been going for 106 years! Getting the grand tour of the production process, we first get to check out the waterjet cutting machine which cuts out leather shapes without using knife blades. Then the stitching, shaping and finally the application of the sole.
While Xand is brushing his teeth in the bathroom, Chris is on hand to warn us about possible dangers there. The sink alone could be cause for a couple of accidents. Toohot water from the faucet might scald you. A sudden spiderspotting in the basin could make you recoil and accidentally bop your brother in the nose! This very thing happens to Chris and we learn what to do in the case of a nosebleed. Included is a fun multiple choice question, highlighting the correct method quite possibly opposi
Kellyn talks with, and works alongside, a group of students learning how to work on a farm as part of their everyday curriculum! She's right in there shampooing her first cow and brushing up on the grooming skills which will lead to parading it before the cattle judges. We learn that the first couple of grooming sessions gets the cow to chill, so it will be easier to show at the competitions. Driving the tractor and rolling out of those hay bales to feed and further care for these bovine sweethe
Today, Leela helps us discover the tiny but deadly irukandji jellyfish. Actually, the tiniest and the deadliest. Its venom is far more potent that of a tarantula or cobra, and the creature can shoot its poison barbs a metre outwards. At about a centimetre, it's practically invisible. Leela informs us the chance of a human getting stung is minimal, and demonstrates first aid treatment if needed.
Celebrate National Science week with EnhanceTV showcasing major breakthroughs like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, 40th anniversary of the birth of the first IVF baby and celebrate International Year of the Reef.
Biology is the study of life and how living things work. Find out on how to create models of the human body, measure rainfall and even how to create a herbarum in this playlist. (ACSSU044,ACSSU072,ACSSU073,ACSSU043,VCSSU074,VCSSU075)
Physics is the science that explores the laws and forces that govern the universe. Bring out the boffins in your class with these experiments and reveal how it all works. (ACSSU049, ACSSU076, ACSSU080)
Asteroids, sometimes called minor planets, are rocky remnants left over from the early formation of our solar system about 4.6 billion years ago. Find out how they reshaped the Earth here. (ACSSU115, ACSSU153, ACSSU180, ACSSU188)
Explore a range of farm animals and farm produce, and explore ways farm produce is packaged before being moved from the farm to places where the food is sold or made into other products. (ACSSU002, ACSSU017, VCSSU042, VCSSU043)
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Dive into the Great Barrier Reef with Attenborough, explore Kakadu's Mountford rock art, peek inside the micro-worlds of the Galapagos, and be awed by the Great Wall of China when exploring the world's heritage sites.