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
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
Australian consumers are about to get a clearer idea of where their food comes from, after the Government unveiled a new labelling system last week; Thursday the 6th of August will mark 70 years since nuclear weapons were first used in war; The Northern Territory has flagged that it intends to upgrade to a state within the next few years. But why?; world famous scientist Stephen Hawking has launched the biggest ever search for intelligent alien life and; horses have been used in law enforcement for longer than you'd probably realise.
We meet young William, Duke of Normandy, as he quarrels with Harold Godwinson about who should be King of England, before bashing the English & taking the crown at the famous Battle of Hastings in 1066! Starring Kevin Eldon.
In this episode of SCOPE we take a walk on the wild side and explore the science of the Animal Kingdom! We investigate pesky crabs invading the shores of South Australia, we go diving with some the largest predatory sharks on the planet and we discover how important pedicures are to an elephant!
There are extraordinary humans doing amazing deeds in the world so today we're checking out those HELPFUL PEOPLE! Plus, Alex is meeting some high-flying heroes and Emma's getting a lesson in first aid.
As 2014 marks the centenary of the beginning of WWI, we thought it only fitting that Behind the News dedicate an entire Special to the Great War. We begin with the history of events that led up to the War before hearing from some of the soldiers who fought on the frontline through letters they left behind. Then young student, Lucinda, gives us a unique and poignant perspective on the War when she travels to the Western Front in search of an Aussies digger who died for his country. And finally we meet a boy named Anzac who has a very special connection to the War that changed the world.
This week on SCOPE it's all about having fun which is why Dr Rob has taken it upon himself to embark on a scientific expedition to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast to learn all about the science behind your favourite theme park rides. On top of this we'll be discovering how seals are able to perform so masterfully on cue, we'll be taking to the sky to find out just how a hang glider hangs and glides and we'll be investigating some of the science behind the circus with some astonishing aerial acrobatics.
Harrison is visited by a microbiologist who helps him take a close look at an invisible world and figure out how to stop viruses from hurting us. In the name of science, Harrison performs a top secret experiment at an elementary school to find out how quickly germs can spread. Viewers at home learn how to grow their own fungus.
The Great Australian Bight has been described as the edge of the world...so final and so dramatic is this arid coastline. This program looks at how the coastline came to be and explores the dynamic nature of the area and coastal features including the caves, blowholes and sand dunes.
Deep in the Lamington National Park rainforest in South-East Queensland Kayne faces his creepiest, crawliest mission yet - to track down one of the world's most deadly spiders - a Northern Tree-Dwelling Funnel Web spider!
Dick and Dom reveal the genius of Alan Turing, World War II code breaker and the man behind the modern day computer. Inspired by Turing's genius ideas, Dick and Dom come up with their own genius idea, to use the power of computers to put on a spectacular firework display.
Dick and Dom reveal the genius of astronomer Carline Herschel, the first woman to spot one of the most mysterious objects in our solar system, a comet. Inspired by her genius, they come up with an idea to make their own comet inspired movie.
Harrison gets permission from his school to build a very large volcano and with the help of a real-life volcanologist he creates a grand finale in the form of one of the largest mentos and cola eruptions ever concocted on television! Viewers learn what to do if the earth starts shaking.
Spread your wings and get ready to fly into an episode full of feathery science! Witness the incredible birds of prey in action, get up close to a baby penguin on Phillip Island, and examine how a budgie's natural talent to avoid obstacles could help develop tomorrow's flying technology.
Get ready to make a big splash as we dive into the science behind the wildlife that populates our oceans. We get up close and personal with a pod of humpback whales on the east coast of Australia, we explore the extraordinary eye sight of the mantis shrimp and Dr Rob visits Tangalooma to learn all about the diet of the bottlenose dolphin first hand.
Natalie visits a zoo committed to conserving gorillas and learns how recycling mobile phones can help reduce the threat of extinction.
FRIENDSHIP BETWEEN ANIMALS
Some relationships between animals can seem rather strange. Here we explore a unique bond between a dog and a rabbit.
Adam looks into some of the venemous marine creatures we should be aware of when venturing into the water.
BIRD EATING SPIDERS AS PETS
An unusual choice for a pet, Stacey checks out what is required to keep a bird eating spider as a pet.
One of the oceans most misunderstood inhabitants, Josh heads out to find out more about these creatures.
ANIMAL FIRST AID
People aren't the only ones that sometimes need first aid. What about your pets? How to help your pets in an emergency.
A Victorian businessman goes undercover in his own factory; there's a right royal squabble over who should rule medieval England; and the Real Tudor Hustle reveals the cleverest con tricks by naughty historical criminals.
We follow George from an unpopular King to a much loved figure some 60 years later and check out a bit of his Court Life. The Battles of the Day team give us their unique insight into the American Revolution.
Think working Monday to Friday is tough? Try working non-stop, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from now until the end of time! Nature doesn't take a break and neither do we! On this episode we discover what it takes to raise a wombat by hand, learn all about a program to train dogs as bilby bodyguards and uncover the secret lives of platypuses thanks to some acoustic tagging!
Some of history's greatest characters serenade us with tales of their lives. Featuring the all-conquering Alexander the Great, the cash-loving Crassus, the feisty Joan of Arc, and the brilliant but miserable Charles Dickens.
Kangaroos are our ultimate iconic native animal. They're a major attraction for international tourists and there are more kangaroos than Australians roaming our fair country! But there are very few albino kangaroos.
Dick and Dom reveal the genius of Al Jazari, an ancient engineer who built mind-blowing machines that were designed to entertain and impress everyone who saw them. Influenced by Al Jazari's genius ideas, Dick and Dom come up with their own genius idea, when they build their own Al Jazari inspired robot.
Whether it's on two wheels, four wheels or no wheels at all, if it's got a hint of interesting you can bet it'll be on this episode of SCOPE all about interesting vehicles! We take to the skies in a plane with no engine, hit the streets in an amazing Gum Removal Vehicle and take a ride on the longest bicycle in the world!
In this BtN Special some indigenous kids tell us about their lives. Audrey shares the excitement of travelling to Canberra from her remote community near Alice Springs for the Indigenous Youth Parliament. Then there's Tanay, an Australian Taekwondo Champion who proudly uses her status to fight racism. And kids from the Yirrkala Community School in Arnhem Land tell us about their beautiful home.
There are more than 4000 species of mammals roaming, swimming and flying around the planet and on today's Totally Wild we're checking out a few! Including some mega-cute monotremes and aquatic acrobats!
Dick and Dom reveal the genius of Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi, the man behind wireless communication. Inspired by Marconi's genius idea, Dick and Dom come up with their own genius idea, which involves Dick taking to the skies in a hang glider for an extreme radio broadcast.
Classic tales that have entertained and enchanted generations of kids all around the world are brought to life through contemporary animation. Today, when Sinbad the sailor is abandoned on an island he turns to a huge bird to help him return home to Bagdad.
This program looks at our identity. What is identity and what factors influence it? It explores the idea that there are many parts to our personalities and that we are all individuals with our ideas, own choices to make and something special to offer.
Alex and the gang put on a production of Treasure Island, but mid-performance, a corespore blows sending Animalia into a treasure hunt frenzy. Alex and Zoe journey to Over and Beyond to find the missing corespore.
Keeping kids safe is the topic we tackle in this BtN Special. From the question of whether it should be compulsory for all kids to take swimming lessons, to teaching kids how to resuscitate, we give you all the facts.