Jordan is taking part in an Anzac Day ceremony where he will be playing 'The Last Post' on the bugle. This song is traditionally used to close out commemorative ceremonies that honour those who fought in wars. Find out how the tradition started and what's being done to keep it alive.
Chris reveals something even Xand as a doctor didn't know when we sneeze, it all comes out of the mouth. The body produces mucus to flush out what makes us sneeze. As a saving grace, a straightfaced Chris reminds us all of our manners, and urges us to sneeze into a tissue or our elbow.
Harrison was born with a rare genetic mutation that affected the development of his spine, leaving him unable to walk. With lots of hard work, he's been able to experience some triumphs in that regard, but how did he end up with this condition to begin with It all goes back to genes and how a small mutation can have a large impact.
Think you can stop anyone from getting up out of a chair by only using just one finger Chris demonstrates this superhero move on Xand, by fixing the tip of his index finger on Xand's forehead. The trick is to stop the seated person from moving forward and shifting their weight over their feet so they can stand up.
Steve Taylor has the world's longest tongue. It could well set a record for strength too, as the tongue is the strongest muscle in the body. We all have taste buds living in the back of our throats so we can all savour the flavour!
Kellyn goes back to school a school specialising in the creative arts acting, singing and dancing. From Italian maskinspired comedy, to big band jazz scatting, to hiphop dancing with a 40member troupe, we get to sample the fun and creativity of it all!
Alex gamely gets into a training session with an elite AFL team. The prematch stretching and pushups look like enough to do anyone in. The tackling techniques leave our man flat out,and he's a powerful kicker, but no straightshooter.Extra points for keeping up with some of these young bucks, with comparable huffing and puffing!
Alex participates in a Manu Toa Haka group. The tradition originated in New Zealand from Maori dances and a war dance in particular. Older schoolage boys have adapted this mode of energy release and bonding to help their brothers meet their goals in life. For instance, to make good grades, and stop slacking off. Performing traditional dance and embracing their cultural identity has indeed helped give each of the young men in the group renewed focus and drive in their individual lives.
Our own Alex, a veteran of 200 skydives himself, today seeks the teaching of Wingsuit Coach, Chris Byrne. In full gear, including parachute, the two mockup the skydive first on the ground, to get a feel for what will happen at 14,000 feet. Then it's up in the plane the jump and flying euphoria! This is one of those awesome events that has to be seen to be believed. And to go one better, Alex chats with Luke Rogers, wingsuit camera operator, who films it all for the judges and really has to ha
Today, Alex talks with macaw breeder Mark Mills. This largest of parrots starts up pretty small of course and pretty homely! At first, they look like a little, bald creature only their mother could love. But in seconds, most of us can sense the vulnerability that just melts our hearts. The macaw is destined to grow up looking brilliant and beautiful, and Mark demonstrates the steps required to raise this amazing bird properly. Alex gets in on some syringe feeding, and we're shown what stages of
Natalie interviews 14yearold Jade Hameister, the youngest person in the world to trek across the North Pole.With her main goal to inspire young girls to take on great challenges in their lives,Jade plans to complete the polar hat trick in another year's time.Big inspiration for her is the fact that her dad is along on her expeditions, this man having scaled all seven summits including Mt Everest. And now his teenage daughter is inspiring the world!
Natalie interviews Aussie and world racing great Dylan Young. He tells about what inspired him to start Formula 1 racing when he was just a kid. Plenty of go karting, which is just what he and Natalie are going to do in a challenge race! These go karts and tracks are like mini Formula 1 cars, with plenty of acceleration. Dylan uses these as well as racing simulators to stay in practice. After lapping Natalie several times on the first run, he generously gives her tips for going in and coming out
Kellyn talks to senior croquet player John Silkstone, who shares the rules of this old English game with us. Duane joins the game and has some questions for Penny about certain offensive strategy. In this case she knocks her ball over another to get hers straight through the hoop which is the constant goal. Finesse, strategy, handeye coordination plus good aim these skills make up the game of croquet. Add in fresh air, good sportsmanship and nice manners all round, and you have a sociable outd
Scott introduces us to the underground world of dirt kart club racing. Through interviewing young male and female drivers, he learns it's basically about two things the adrenaline rush, and the fact it's a family event. Of course our man has to try his stuff round the track, so he quickly gets a mentor and grabs one sneaky practice lap before his firstever dirt kart race. Watch this video for the skill, the thrill and to see if Scott stays in one piece!
Today, Natalie talks with tour guide Shane Salmon, who shows her around a Jurassic jungle of alltooreal, scary dinosaurs! You can imagine being there, as the gigantic moving figures are roaringly realistic. Nat seems very uneasy throughout, but can come to no harm in this absolutely awesome prehistoric simulation. We learn a myth or two, and a few facts along the way!
Today, Kellyn goes country, visiting 11yearold Felicity Kircher already with 250 trophies for her country music singing and songwriting. The young lass already plays four instruments, and it will be fun to follow her career which should be colourful partly owing to her taste in boots!
This incredible body trick really gets the kids' energies out! You wind your arm up, making a tight fist at the same time as if you're cheering your favourite football team on. Lots of frantic motion then, when you come to a stop put both your hands together in front of you, sticking your index fingers straight up in the air. The finger of the hand that was winding up like mad can't help but curl towards the index finger on the hand that was stationary. Bright lad Simeon answers that your pump
Scott speaks with Rae Campbell, Koala Hospital manager. Having just helped chainsaw some gumleaves down with other volunteers, he is making the kind of daily delivery Rae says the koalas desperately need. We meet koalas Honey and Tammy, who need to gobble it up fresh! We are told that these hospitals take in and treat most wildlife giving checkups, blood tests and even surgery if required. Just part of the TLC given is recycling those gumtree branches, and enjoying some cuddles at the end of th
Xand is in the OuchMobile talking to 11yearold Martha, who claims 'I've got a bluey greeny eye with a smudge of brown in it'! Xand explains that when a human being is first being formed in this case Martha they are one cell to begin with, which then splits into two, into four, etc. At some point, one of the cells decides Martha will have bluegreen eyes but another cell decides they'll be brown eyes. These two cells got stuck together ... and split the difference! That's how Martha got the uniq
FouryearoldLacey is still in Dr Lamare's clinic with her left nostril being probed for an enlodged Tic Tac. The good doctor has go with his crocodile forceps, while we learn something about the various nooks and crannies within the nose. That little mint is still Missing In Action! Like as not, it will eventually exit in Lacey snot.
Ever wondered how a bruise forms and why it takes on the colours it does In this animation, the unluckiest kid gets a whack on the noggin, and we get an inside look at the changes in the blood cells, skin cells, oxygen flow and everything your amazing body does on the way to being back to normal!
Today, Stacey speaks with wheelwright Rick Stanfield. He makes those big wooden wagon wheels for horse drawn vehicles, dealing in strictly wood and steel. We get to see the process of applying the firedup steel tyre to the wooden spoke assembly. It takes precision skill, talent and timing, and is really something to behold. Wait till you see the pie cart rick is working on. It's an authentic, working wagon that in olden days was the equivalent of our lunch truck!
Courtney hangs out with the Queensland Heat pro baseball team, to learn some pro moves! A QA session with both men and women players from this team, details what the short stop and pitcher do in the game. Then some local junior players are given batting lessons by one of the pros. A game ensues, involving the younger players plus Courtney. This is a good lesson for students to see, as it ends with Courtney and the kids discussing what they love about playing softball and what their goals in the
Alex talks with Allison Wright, wildlife officer at Corroboree. This was set up to establish a healthy bilby population in captivity because they're not doing well in the wild. The ultimate goal is to repopulate the wilds of Queensland with these captivating creatures.
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!
Alex visits veterinarian Dr Bob, who is experienced in treating reptiles and giving snakes special TLC. After anaesthetising a female snake, the doctor and his assistants perform an endoscopy, then an ultrasound on her. It's just like giving a human a checkup.
Something we take for granted is that we eat and breathe through the same hole! It sounds disastrous, but we're going to see the magic our epiglottis does for us via a camera inserted up Chris' nose and down his throat. Xand administers this with his usual brotherly glee, and soon we can see the action of the epiglottis closing when Chris swallows, to prevent food getting into the lungs. We actually get a clear view of a dollop of soup being diverted properly into Chris' tummy. In another demon
Stacey chats with Tom Coughlin, FBA operations manager. She notes that farms hundreds of kilometres inland still affect the sea, and are connected to the Great Barrier Reef. Tom explains the impact of a herd of cows walking the same track down to the creek, to drink each day. A look into the daily life of farmers Steve, Claire, and their kids practising sustainable farming leaves the viewer with great hopes for the Australian ecology!
In Kenya, Africa, Courtney learns a traditional native drum pattern from Master Drummer Sam Okoth who uses sticks. Then she is lucky to learn from another master drummer, Nii Armah, who plays 'physical drums' with his hands. We get a demonstration of the talking drum which is held under the arm. Back in the Kenyan community, this is a way of sending everyone messages, and your class will be fascinated. They will become particularly enchanted when learning that African beats are the basis of tech
Duane hangs out with a Queensland ecologist who almost daily discovers new living creatures get remote wetlands. What was once rainforest in the Australian Outback just like on the coast is now desert, with one exception. The only, unique place in the whole world that provides this team of ecologists with new life form discoveries, is this one wetland area. This video says it all about evolution, survival, and hope for each precious species through education.
Kellyn tell us about worldrenowned physicist Brian Greene, the namesake of 'Brian' the water spider! Arachnologist Dr Robert Raven tells Kellyn about how the team found this 'dashing' spider in Brisbane, and decided to honour Brian Greene by giving his name to the species. And a fascinating arachnid surfer it is, reading tasty waves coming in with its feet and then pursuing the (food) source of that wave. Frogs, toads and tadpoles it wrestles them under then drags them back to the surface to e
Alex talks with dog handler Jordan Christison, who trains dogs to sniff out fire ants so they can be eradicated. Just two terrible things about this creature are that they have no predators and proliferate like mad. The nasty insects inflict a terrible sting in their bite. The dogs are trained specifically to sniff out fire ant odour, so a sterilisation of the queen can be effected. These superkeen canines are rewarded with play constantly so it's a winwin all round! They are also taken round t
Today Chris flies with the Ateam of Midlands Air Ambulance. This airborne medical service has three helicopters always ready for emergency action! These paramedics, doctors and pilots serve 5.5 million people. We meet Dr John Bingham and paramedic Stef Cormac, who are called out at a moment's notice to hop in the helicopter and head for a car fire. First consideration is where to land safely so they're not involved with the flames and smoke. As the fire service moves in to deal with the burning
Blood in a blender may not be the most appetizing thing, but for an experiment, Chris and Xand whip up a smoothie made of the stuff. It's to show us how new blood cells we produce start off dark in colour, and when we breathe oxygen into our lungs our blood turns bright red. Then it carries oxygen to all the cells in our body. Without blood we'd be dead, Xand says. Our organs need it every second of the day to keep us alive. And our bodies produce 2 million new blood cells every second!
Nineyearold Claudia shows up at accident and emergency with her concerned parents. It seems that 15 minutes after eating any meal at home or at school, she gets sharp pains in the right side of her tummy. Dr Sarah Pyper is on hand to ask the pertinent questions of Claudia. This leads to checking her tummy for tenderness and advising of a virus possibility or even gall bladder problems. The family has a history of these ailments, so blood tests and a special scan are in order.
Chris and Xand go undercover to prove that even strangers will follow their orders! Dressed as construction workers on a fake build site, they command passersby to walk sideways past the wet cement. everyone does just this looking ridiculous and no doubt feeling sheepish! we get their feedback after the experiment and the responses reveal a lot about human nature.
Xand goes on call with paramedic Jan Vann, to help 78yearold John, whose jumper caught fire in the kitchen. When they arrive, luckily his wife and daughter have extinguished the flames with a damp tea towel. They smartly kept the large burn area on John's Back clean with cling wrap. Now Jan applies a dressing to cool the area. At the same time, this brave man must be kept warm, so they put a coat around him. Good job all round and now, into the ambulance.
Today Chris is on duty at the skin clinic which is fortuitous because he's just spotted a spot on his face! Nurse Debbie Woodcock greets him and immediately examines the area on his cheek. A 'simple pimple' is her diagnosis, and not to worry. Chris chirps that he's going to squeeze it, and nurse Debbie flatly dismisses this practice. You might get rid of the pus, but the hole left behind is bound to absorb germs from under your fingernails, which could easily cause worse problems. The good nur
Here's a fun medical imagination twister, because it's unbelievable what nature can cram into our bodies. Your students will be challenged to guess not only how long their digestive systems are but how it's coiled up inside there!
Professional jazz musician James Morrison gives a masterclass for up and coming jazz musos. Alex chats with him, and later, a brilliant young cellist.James' humility and wit are on display as he says 'big band is the heavy metal have jazz'! We get to hear a brief dialogue between James the mentor's trumpet, and Chris's, ayoung trumpet dynamo. This music captivates and makes you not only want to be there but be a player!
Chris plays show and tell with a bowl of his 'sick' to help analyse what's in there. Xand points out this and that component, particularly noting the smell and likening it to cheese. Parmesan is a prime example, and in fact the bacterial process in cheeses mirrors that of vomit. You just know you're not getting out of this episode without learning about projectile vomit and they have a hightech dummy, 'Larry', to demonstrate. Chris has coloured the liquid that spouts up to two meters away from
Peter Woodsford is a safety officer by day, and is a volunteer in the motorbike blood delivery service by night. Xand goes out on one of these night runs so we can be aware of these lifesaving delivery teams, operating every night of the year. We see Peter waiting at night in his home, at the ready in case an emergency call comes in. When one does, he's off into the night as part of a relay team making a midnight blood drop! In this case and anaemic patient awaits Peter, Xand and team, as they
First up a fascinating fact about kneecaps. Next, we meet Vitaly, also known as The Twister. This young man can pop different body joints in and out of their sockets. His dislocated shoulder trick often clears the gym! We learn that Vitaly has weaker collagen than most of us, contained in the bones, tendons and muscles that surround his joints. They are like binding rubber bands in most folks, but in The Twisters case, they're loose. This allows him to hang loose and pop his body whenever he wa
Did you know the average eyebrow contains 450 hairs If you had more than one set of eyebrows on your face, you still could never approach the volume of hair on a person with hypertrichosis. Only 50 people in the world were born with this genetic condition, presenting a face that needs to be blowdried! Meet Jesus Aceves, a gentleman who has a builtin face warmer to face winter with.
Meet Gary, who has the world's stretchiest skin! He tells us that it's mainly due to his lack of collagen, which is a protein our skin needs to keep it flexible but strong. Sit back and watch as Gary pulls a few amazing tricks and feel happy you don't have to pay to see him perform one of his shows round the world.
Emma chats with Lauren Griffiths, speedboat racer. The only lady racer in southern Australia she's got it in the blood. Both her parents tore up the waves competitively as well. We're invited along for prerace safety check. The precautions taken are thorough, checking everything mechanical, the fuel, plus the race gear worn (helmet, safety harness). All Lauren has to do is figure out all the tricky manoeuvers during the race, including the way the wind's acting!
Zookeeper Stu Parker presses Natalie into service today as one of the regular keepers has called in sick. Koala, boa constrictor and wombat Nat takes them all on literally wearing the constricting snake! But could she have been derelict in her duty by leaving the wombat enclosure door open
Nineyearold Ethan's headaches are still a mystery, so Dr Reddy Ilavala runs at CT scan to make sure nothing is amiss around the area of the lad's brain. We get a good look how to scan process while it looks at the blood vessels and soft tissue surrounding it. Dr Reddy explains that they're trying to rule out anything critical like a tumour or a bleed. In the end, Ethan receives great news as emergency can't find anything serious. Notes from this visit will be given to his GP for follow up.
Chris and Xand manage to feel three groups of school children into thinking they are seeing a black and white picture in colour! This trick involves first staring at a dot in the middle of the colour photo, then when the same photo is presented in black and white it has definitely become coloured. Our eyes are seeing the opposite colour on the colour wheel from the colour of the doctors' uniforms in the first photo. It's all about the photoreceptors at the back of our eyes, and the fact our bra
David Morton is the writer/director of a production about Charles Darwin, using puppets 35 of them! These represent the animals he encountered along the way in is amazing journey, while he was only in his early twenties. Alex is in the workshop as we're told about how they prepare this fun and educational show. Lead puppeteer Anna Straker explains more about the puppets' structure to him, then demonstrates the style of puppetry and the dexterity it takes. Your class will get maximum value from
Stacey visits avocado grower Norm Pringle, under the full trees of his farm. Featured are our own Australian Hass variety. Farmer Norm details when pick them, and shows how to inject medicine into a sick tree. At day's end, he and Stacey dig in for a nice, healthy feed!
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!
Tenyearold Josiah heads into the Ouch Mobile with a question we'd all have partly from vanity, partly from fear 'Will my scar get bigger as I get older' According to Xand, the lad has the facts on his side, because at 10 years old, his head is already 95 percent as big as it will ever grow!
Chris encounters twins, one of whom asks, How can we be twins but be so different They are indeed different as one of the sisters has Down Syndrome. Chris goes on to explain that he and Xand came from the same egg, whereas the little girls came from different eggs, and one of them has an extra chromosome. This is an intriguing and touching bit to show your class.
Today Xand is on duty in the plaster room. There, they see some 200 patients a week, so have to work fast. We first get to see how a plaster cast is put on, as well as a demonstration of an amazingly sensitive cutting tool for removing casts.