Last week, millions of leaked documents, dubbed 'the Paradise Papers', were released by news outlets around the world. Among other things, they detail the processes that some people and companies use to move their money in an effort to pay much less tax. Nike was one of the companies contained in the release. So next week, we'll reveal exactly how much money from each pair of their shoes you buy in Australia stays here as tax.
NASA has revealed some good environment news! It says the ozone hole over Antarctica is the smallest it's been for three decades. That's a pretty big deal, because in the 90s, things were looking really bad. So to celebrate, we'll find out exactly what the ozone layer actually is and why things are improving.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science:
Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions (Year 4)
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions (Years 5 and 6)
History of Toilets
On November 19, we all mark World Toilet Day. The aim is to spread word that toilets save lives by doing a messy, but vital job. Plus, it's an excellent opportunity to tell your toilet how much you appreciate it! Awkwardly, we'll do just that next week.
We all know the traditional European seasons; summer, autumn, winter and spring.
But did you know Australia's Indigenous cultures had different seasons that better fit local weather conditions, plants and animals? Next week, we'll join a class as they learn more about these seasons and how they vary across the continent.
Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -
Geography / Knowledge and Understanding:
The custodial responsibility Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples have for Country/Place, and how this influences views about sustainability (Year 4)
Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences:
Predictable phenomena on Earth, including seasons and eclipses, are caused by the relative positions of the sun, Earth and the moon (Year 7)
Finally we'll travel to Ireland, where some kids are using famous songs to keep their culture alive. They've made music videos covering famous songs in their traditional language, Irish Gaelic. Not many people are speaking it anymore, so they hope these covers will help revive this ancient language.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
There's no place quite like it! On this episode of SCOPE, we take an in-depth look at the planet we call home; Earth! We learn about our planet's history with some inquisitive geology, we get a crash course in meteorology and we solve mysteries with forensic soil analysis.
When you go for a walk you may think 'Oh there just rocks'. But are they? Rocks may not seem like the most interesting subjects to study, but as Catherine Wheller from Melbourne University explains, the stuff under our feet can tell us a lot about how our planet has changed over billions of years.
Lee heads over to the University of Queensland to catch up with Volcanologist Isabelle Jones and get the low-down on these fiery geological phenomena.
Weather affects every aspect of our lives; from what we wear, to where we go, to what we eat! Join Andrea Peace from the Bureau of Meteorology as she gives us a crash course in weather 101!
DIY Science - Anemometer
How do you measure wind speed? With an anemometer of course! Join junior scientist Charlotte as she makes her very own, with some paper cups, clay, and a little scientific know-how!
Earthquakes can be some of the most destructive and unpredictable events in nature! So how do we record such erratic phenomena? With a seismograph of course! We catch up with Adam Pascale from the Seismology Research Centre as he explains how these amazing machines work!
When it comes to a crime scene, sometimes the tiniest piece of evidence, like soil from a shoe, can crack the case! Join forensic soil analyst Prof Rob Fitzpatrick from the CSIRO as he explains how by studying soil, he can get the dirt on who, what and has been at a crime scene.
All that and more on a very down to earth episode of SCOPE!
This program looks at tenths to introduce the concept of decimal fractions. It uses contexts where students are encouraged to become involved in counting up and down by tenths and comparing decimal numbers.
In this modern spin on the classic Greek myth, Narcissus' good looks and popularity turn him into the hottest star on the planet. But when Narcissus dismisses the help of his trusted friend, Ameinias, his increasing vanity leads to downfall.
Racers start your engines it's TW WOW time as Adam lives out his boyhood dream and learns how to fly a Tiger ARH helicopter in a hi-tech simulator and Pip gets a lesson in animatronic monster making from Academy Award winner John Cox.
We check out the latest in science and technology. A class attempting a coding record, the latest in spacesuits, an international astronautical conference, plus the huge breakthrough in gravitational waves.
Make an unbelievable bedside table using four recycled plastic bottles, newsprint, pens, paint, glue, tape and a magnificent monster design. Next, Alex takes on Australian's iconic koala using common household materials in this larger than life picture, and Lloyd teaches us how to illuminate our drawing using paper, chalk a few handy techniques. Lastly, make yourself a wild animal pencil box out of a recycled carton, cardboard, pens, tape, paint and your favourite animal print.
The Behind the News team reports on Australia's live animal exports as video emerges of poor conditions on the Awassi Express; female musicians discuss sexism in the music industry as Splendour in the Grass announces a line up with 40 percent female acts; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sports results.
The Behind the News team reports on new research on the effect of the 2016 heatwave that caused coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef, which was worse than previously thought; learn why the Ipswich City Council has decided to stop its recycling program amid China's decision to stop importing Australia's recyclables; meet the young girls learning to take over their family's sugar cane farm; plus a wrap-up of the day's news.
The Behind the News team reports on a lawsuit against the Royal Australian Mint, which has been accused of infringing the Royal Canadian Mint's patent on a coin colouring process to create its Possum Magic limited edition coins; visit Argentina's first sustainable school, built from traditional and recycled products; plus a wrap-up of the day's news.
The Behind the News team reports on the 2018 inter-Korean summit, where North Korea's Chairman Kim Jong-un and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in met to discuss the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula; see how the federal government plans to spend $500 million to help save the Great Barrier Reef; plus a wrap-up of the day's news.
Nabbing a canine culprit with a clever tracking device; stepping into the dark with our feline friends; seeing the colours of the rainbow in bubbles; finding out what makes bread rise; and a spraying fountain made from straws.
The team investigates wildfires. We travel to Colorado and meet one of the youngest female firefighters in the US, who has tackled wildfires head-on after her house and part of her neighbourhood was burnt down.
BTN looks to the outer reaches of the universe in this Stargazing Special. We start by telling you all about the first spacecraft to travel to Pluto and beyond before being amazed by the awesome pictures taken by the Hubble Telescope. Then it's back to earth when we discover that a sacred Aboriginal site could be the oldest astronomical map in the world before amateur astronomer Joe shows us his incredible home-built telescope.
When you think about mining - drilling, discovery, digging and dirt, all probably spring to mind. But what about robots, dredges and magnetic detectors? Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out all the science behind mining!
The Behind the News team report on the massive wildfires tearing through the Attica region in Greece, a dam failure in Lao which has flooded neighbouring villages, a record breaking heat wave affecting Japan, the 200 strong elephants relocating to a new nature reserve, and the inspiring discoveries that have earnt a group of young scientists their spot in this year’s Eureka Prize; plus a wrap-up of the day's sport.
The Behind the News team report on the new surfing rules proposed for Bondi beach, a new group of moons found around Jupiter, a bear’s cheeky dip in a backyard pool and “swan upping”, the annual swan count with a 15th century royal legacy; plus a wrap-up of the day's news and sport.
The Behind the News team report on the ABC’s War on Waste and a special in-studio interview with the host Craig Reucassel, Russia’s annual redhead festival celebrating fiery locks everywhere, new policies giving NSW public school girls new freedoms over their uniform, and a famous little gnome town that was washed away during a recent storm; plus a wrap-up of the day's sport.
You probably use many products made from their wood and breathe in the oxygen they create, but how much do you actually know about trees? Join Dr Rob as he plants a few seedlings and SCOPES out all the science behind trees.
Find out which side your toast is buttered on, take off with some high-tech paper planes, relieve the pressure by getting in too deep, use a whole lot of hot air to blow up balloons and sculpt a plant maze that is sure to grow on you.
A little girl discovers dreams do come true if you really believe. Six-year-old Susan has doubts about childhood's most enduring miracle - Santa Claus. Her mother told her the "secret" about Santa a long time ago, so Susan doesn't expect to receive the most important gifts on her Christmas list. But after meeting a special department store Santa who's convinced he's the real thing, Susan is given the most precious gift of all - something to believe in. Director: Les Mayfield Writers: Valentine Davies (story), George Seaton and more. Stars: Richard Attenborough, Elizabeth Perkins, Dylan McDermott and more. -
When young Jim Hawkins inherits a long-lost treasure map, he hires the great ship Hispaniola to seek his fortune. With the good Captain Smollett (Kermit the Frog) at the helm - and greedy Long John Silver at the heart of a dastardly plot - they set sail for adventure only to discover danger at every turn.