Emma takes a tour of the underground tunnels constructed under the Treasury Building in Adelaide, 150 years ago. Tour guide Grant Morgan describes boiler heating and coal storage back then, and we see an archaic printing press. Stories of miners storing away much gold down here excite the imagination!
Nineyearold Alfie steps into the Ouch Mobile to show Chris his multicoloured mop how! There is a birthmark in the hair on the back of his head which is light brown as opposed to the rest of his dark brown hair. Chris explains this particular patch of hair is not making pigment a condition called poliosis and our lad seems perfectly resigned to having an even lightercoloured patch of 'spray paint' when he gets older!
Blood is made up of different things, all of which have different jobs in your body. To prove this, Xand takes Chris' blood for a spin, to separate it in a centrifuge machine. But where does blood come from Bones are amazing bloodmaking factories and veins come right inside them to pick up your blood. Actually, they take the nutrients of your bone marrow and distribute it throughout your body. Hey the more the marrower! As the docs themselves say, it really is a cool process.
Twelveyearold Isabelle waits in emergency with muddy boots and a sore hand. She'd been out with her horse when he suddenly bolted, dragged her along, and trampled her hand. Luckily, Dr John Griffiths is on hand to checkout that hand! He does his due diligence prodding and poking until he finds out just where it hurts. Thinking in terms of a possible fracture, it's off to the Xray room for Isabelle. We get an animation about how many bones are in the hand and which part seems most vulnerable in
Gru rushes through putting the girls to bed, reluctantly keeps his promise to help Agnes rehearse for a Mother's Day show, and encourages her when she becomes despondent about not having a mum.
Tenyearold Ben has epilepsy, and today he's going to be operated on by Dr Mike Carter. He's going to remove the part of Ben's brain that gives him daily epileptic seizures. The good doctor peels away skin and muscle to expose Ben'skull (making a 'trapdoor'). Chris visually shows us the part of the brain Dr Mike is going to remove the abnormal blood vessels from. He nips in there and gets that lesion. Ben's subsequent recovery ends on a very happy note!
Nineyearold Tamsin still in some pain has returned to hospital, and is now being looked at by Dr Naidu Maripuri. After viewing the Xrays and seeing no break there, he concludes it's a soft tissue injury. We get an animated explanation to clarify. Then Tasmin has a full plaster cast put on for two weeks. With a return checkup, all should be well!
Seamus walks into an opal mine, right off the street! Actually an authentic replica, we see opals of all sizes in the walls, and numerous fossil displays of opalised sea life. Behold the grinding and processing of a raw opal, bringing out the luminescent beauty of our national gemstone!
The girls finally have a mother when Lucy marries Gru, and the Minions perform YMCA to celebrate.
Duane reveals the paradox of the environment Japanese macaques live in. They are snow monkeys after all, but benefit from a nice steam bath originating from hot underground springs! We get a good explanation of natural energy created from both geothermal and volcanic activities.
Today, we meet some burrowing animals and creatures and find out why they live this way. Stacey visits with a wombat to show us the cuddly kind, then talks about the creepy and slimy kind. That would be the cockroach and worm families, and your class will be fascinated to witness the underground abodes of all these creatures!
Dr Chris and Dr Xand conduct an experiment to demonstrate how our nervous system works
The twins introduce us to our body's 'information superhighway' - our spinal column. Where it is, how it works and how nerves se
Dr Chris and Dr Xand from Operation Ouch explain why it is important to wash our hands, especially after going to the toilet. When are the important times to wash our hands? Why? Why do you think germs are spread so easily by hands? How should we wash our hands to make sure they are properly clean? Does it matter if we use soap or not?
Junior scientist Hayley demonstrates how to make a lava lamp using a clear drinking glass, vegetable oil, salt, water and some food colouring. Because salt is denser than both the oil and water, dropping it into the cup makes the floating oil wrapped around the particles as they make their way to the bottom of the glass. Once at the bottom the salt begins to dissolve, allowing the oil to move back to the top of the water, creating a fun lava-like reaction.
Many sports people need special shockabsorbent gear to ensure they don't get injured. But how is it made
Today, trainer Francisca McDonald teaches Kellyn about dog agility. Francisca participates in this event as shown by her very fit body. She also loves to train others, and we meet a young girl and her dog who are totally enthusiastic about the bonding and exercise they get out of it. Border collies are featured, and they move like lightning. At the end, Kellyn gives the course of tunnels and hurdles a go. The energy whipped up with her canine companion leaves us laughing and in awe!
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