You probably know that oxygen is important to our survival, and the survival of most life forms on the planet... but what else does it do? Well, take a deep breath and get to know the 8th element of the periodic table! This week, we turn up the heat with a little oxywelding, stay a night at an altitude hotel and introduce ourselves to liquid oxygen.
There's been a mass shooting in America which has killed lots of people. Now there's a lot of talk about whether the U.S. needs to tighten its gun laws. We take a look at that debate and we also examine Australia's rules on gun control.
The Olympics is one of the greatest shows on earth... but not everyone's allowed to show it. We take a look at the multi-million dollar TV rights deal for the Olympics. The rules of this contract are so strict that the Olympics are pretty much off limits for most TV programs, including BtN.
Obesity has been a problem in the western world for a long time. But now developing countries, which once struggled even to feed their populations, have started to develop big problems with obesity. Nathan looks at how obesity has spread around the world and examines the health issues that have come with it.
Can you imagine living in a world without money? It sounds a bit far fetched... but we're just talking about getting rid of actual hard cash, the notes and coins that we use every day. So many transactions are done online or at the swipe of a card and new technologies are going to make this even more common. Some people think this may mean the end for notes and coins.
Kids and Cows
For kids in the country handling cattle is a way of life. It's also a kind of sport and there are competitions around the country were young cattle handlers show off their skills. Sarah had a look at a cattle show that's just for kids.
Barangaroo's world would be perfect if only Mani, the biggest boy in her group of friends, would stop trying to be number one. Deep down Mani knows she's better than he is, that's why he keeps shutting her out from important adventures - to make himself look good. But when a little boy (Mung) goes missing, Barangaroo and Mani are forced to follow his trail into a scary gully ruled by the legendary monster: the Mumuga. The Mumuga has a ferocious howl that echoes across the land. He's said to knock kids unconscious with the smell of his horrible farts and drag them away into his cave.
New Year's Eve only comes around once a year and lasts just one tick of the clock. You wouldn't think science came in to the picture, would you? Join Dr Rob as he counts down and SCOPES out all the science behind New Year's Eve celebrations.
Mammals do it, reptiles do it, birds do it, in fact every living thing does it and even when they have trouble doing it scientists are making sure they can. So what are we talking about? Reproduction of course! Join Dr Rob as he puts on his khakis and SCOPES out all the science behind animal reproduction. As once again the ordinary becomes extraordinary, under the SCOPE.
It is crucial to life, fertilizer and fireworks. We all live in it, but just how much do you know about Nitrogen? This week on Scope we find out how airbags work, we take a trip to the dentist to investigate laughing gas, and Dr. Rob plays around with some liquid nitrogen!
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Electrochemistry. Electrolysis of a melt; electrolysis of a solution; and electroplating.
This series aims to encourage the development of mathematical ideas, generate enthusiasm and curiosity for maths, encourage discussion, and investigation and show maths in the real world. In this episode, odd, even and prime numbers as well as factors, rational numbers and divisibility rules.
This series aims to encourage the development of mathematical ideas, generate enthusiasm and curiosity for maths, encourage discussion, and investigation and show maths in the real world. In this episode, direct and indirect measurement, standards, units, instruments and accuracy.
This series aims to encourage the development of mathematical ideas, generate enthusiasm and curiosity for maths, encourage discussion, and investigation and show maths in the real world. In this episode, decimal notation and decimal calculations.
This series aims to encourage the development of mathematical ideas, generate enthusiasm and curiosity for maths, encourage discussion, and investigation and show maths in the real world. In this episode, count in sixes, consider big numbers and go negative.
This series aims to encourage the development of mathematical ideas, generate enthusiasm and curiosity for maths, encourage discussion, and investigation and show maths in the real world. In this episode, reasoning, deduction and truth tables.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Radioactivity - detection and origin; types and properties; measuring and using half life.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Homeostasis - controlling body temperature; blood sugar; water level.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Responding to Stimuli - the eye, nervous system and plant tropisms.
Science Bank is a series of programs which demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. This episode: Exothermic and endothermic reactions, reaction rates and catalysts.
The delicate balance between the atmosphere and life on earth and other planets is discussed. Earth is referred to as Goldilock's planet in this episode as it is "just right" for life on earth when compared to Mars and Venus. This episode raises questions about changes in our planet's atmosphere and the impact of this on global warming.
Australia's climate and the factors related to size, location and shape that produce the diversity of temperatures and rainfall are discussed. The lesson shows that mapping climatic regions and linking these to human activity is important for the future sustainability of our environments.
Climatic change is the main focus of this episode and we examine long term climate change based on data from ice cores, tree rings and other evidence. This provides a perspective from which students can understand the current debate on global warming and draw logical conclusion based on past and current evidence.
Science Bank is a series of programs that demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. Today: This program explores the human digestive system. It demonstrates the experimental procedure for testing and identifying the four main food types. Practical investigation explains the activity of digestive enzymes and the processes involved in breaking down food. Graphics, x-rays and endoscopic photography examine the structure of the digestive system.
Science Bank is a series of programs that demonstrate a variety of science experiments with graphical explanations and real life applications. Today: Current, voltage and resistance are all related. This relationship is explored qualitatively and quantitatively through practical investigation. Graphics help explain the observed phenomena.
The Happiness Survey Returns
Back in 2015, BTN conducted the biggest survey of kids' mental health in Australian history. It was called the BtN Kids' Happiness Survey and more than 20,000 kids responded to it. Now, we're holding it again to see how things have changed in 2017. And this time, experts from the University of Melbourne's Jack Brockhoff Child Health and Wellbeing Program have come on board to cranch the numbers and include your voices in their research. So please consider including the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey in you class schedule over the coming weeks. It'll be five minutes incredibly well spent!
Over the coming weeks, the High Court of Australia is scheduled to hear some incredibly important matters. Among them is the challenge to the same-sex postal survey and the multiple cases of the federal politicians who've found out that they're dual citizens. So we thought it would be a great time to tell you more about the High Court and how it decides some for the nation's most contentious cases.
Recently a survey found that many Australian kids are confused about how credit cards and loans actually work. It's got a lot of experts worried that this could lead to an increase in financial problems later in life. So we'll take a look at the issue and find out how some schools are trying to turn it around.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Mathematics/Number and algebra/Money and financial matters:
Solve problems involving purchases and the calculation of change to the nearest five cents with and without digital technologies (year 4)
Create simple financial plans (year 5)
Investigate and calculate percentage discounts of 10 percent, 25 percent and 50 percent on sale items, with and without digital technologies (year 6)
Investigate and calculate 'best buys', with and without digital technologies (year 7)
Spinal Cord Week
Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week is coming up soon. It's all about raising awareness and promoting inclusion for those with a spinal injury. But not all of those people have been in accidents. We asked Rookie Reporter Tess to tell us more.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Communicating and interacting for health and wellbeing:
Investigate how emotional responses vary in depth and strength (years 3 and 4)
Examine the influence of emotional responses on behaviour and relationships (years 5 and 6)
Analyse factors that influence emotions, and develop strategies to demonstrate empathy and sensitivity (years 7 and 8)
Health and Physical Education/Personal, Social and Community Health/Contributing to healthy and active communities:
Investigate the role of preventive health in promoting and maintaining health, safety and wellbeing for individuals and their communities (years 5 and 6)
Health and Physical Education / Movement and Physical Activity / Understanding movement:
Participate in physical activities designed to enhance fitness, and discuss the impact regular participation can have on health and wellbeing (years 5 and 6)
Happiness Survey Launch
In this week's show, we'll launch our second ever BTN Kids' Happiness Survey with a story explaining what we learnt about you in 2015, why we're doing it again and how you can get involved.
BTN Investigates - What are dreams?
BTN viewer Duhaa has asked us why we dream. Well Duhaa, we're dreaming up a fun answer to your question right now. Tune in next week for all the details.
In this sequel, a stray bird named Margalo is being terrorised by the Falcon and Stuart offers her a home with the Little family. But Margalo is hiding a dark secret, and when she mysteriously vanishes, the unlikely duo of Stuart and Snowbell set out on a heart-pounding journey to find her and unlock the mystery. They have no idea where they're headed - all Stuart knows is he has to find Falcon's lair and get Margalo back!
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R L Stine, the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange, he is a prisoner of his own imagination as the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorise the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
We're looking at technology and the problems of cyber attacks. There's a robot who can take your place at school, the fine print you are asked to sign up to on social media, and lessons in a virtual classroom.
Cane toads are big, poisonous and ugly and they're marching across Australia. They're a growing environmental problem and for a long time scientists have been searching for a way to stop them or at least reduce their numbers. Now they might have found an answer and it's a tiny Aussie! One of our Darwin reporters, Gina, will introduce you.
Story explains about kids who go out at night searching for cane toads as part of toad buster group. Discusses how meat ants attack baby cane toads.
How many games can you play at school? Soon you might find out about a whole lot more! A program has been researching the games that Indigenous kids used to play and found lots of exciting new ones that have been forgotten over the years. Now they're being introduced to schools so Kirsty went a long to see what they were like!
Story explains about Australian Sports Commission Indigenous Games project. Talks with kids playing games.
When Australia's top movie awards are handed out later this year an 11 year old kid will be walking the red carpet with all the stars. How did he get a great gig like that? Catherine meets him to find out.
Interview with 11 yo Tom Russell who is nominated of ran AFI awards. Talks about acting in movies.
What an amazing year of news! From the serious stories to Catherine being attacked by penguins - we've covered it all. Plus we've talked to kids all over the country! The team has a look back at the year that was.
This BtN special sends our reporters into the wild to explore the shrinking habitat of the Orang Utan. There's a lot more to Ladybirds than you ever knew, what's being done to control feral cats, as well as a bodyguard that's gone to the birds.
It's a federal election year for Australia and BTN will cover the year's politics with several stories in the run-up to the poll. This week we look at the 2010 Federal Budget ..examining what a Budget is... how the money is divided up and the political arguments that determine who gets what. [Sarah]
It's one of the most contentious Government initiatives - the plan to block Internet content that's deemed dangerous or inappropriate. We look at the arguments for and against the plan... how can kids be protected from bad things on the web, while not stopping adults from accessing content they feel they have a right to see. [Sarah]
We know that thousands of people donate blood to help those who are sick or injured. But it may come as a surprise that humans aren't the only ones doing it. BTN visits the world of blood-donor dogs....the vets who organise them.... and we meet a very happy recipient. [Kirsty]
Australia has announced its initial squad for the soccer World Cup in South Africa. And Australia is also clearing the decks with other sporting bodies for a tilt at hosting the event in 2018 or 2022. So how does a country go about staging the world's biggest supporting event? [Nathan]
Have you ever been fascinated by magic tricks and how our brain is fooled into believing them? Well, neurologists in the United States are finding out exactly what's going on in our minds when we're interacting with magicians. [Tash]
Dr Rob has decided to "Shape Up" in this episode as Scope tackles shapes in all their various forms. From cathedral arches to vast geological shapes, from kites to the leaves on trees, Scope explores the scientific essence of shapes and their impact on our world.
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest system of coral reefs in the world and supports an amazing variety of marine life. This program takes the viewer underwater to look at the living coral, see how the reefs came into existence, and witness the amazing life the reefs support. We explore some major natural reefs, as well as introduced factors which affect the growth of the reefs and we look at the significance of the Reef being declared a World Heritage area.
GO KARTS SIBLINGS
Today we're hanging out with a brother and sister duo that will stop at nothing to beat each other on the go kart track.
Nat meets a puppeteer to find out exactly what goes in to making and controlling puppets.
TOP JOB: PROJECTIONIST
Col goes to the movies and checks out the top job of the man behind the scenes - the projectionist.
Tess goes behind the scenes to see how delicate items are restored, and what is involved - from motorbikes to bugs, stuffed birds to outside memorials!
DOG DEAFNESS RESEARCH
Pip checks out the latest in technology when testing puppies for hereditary deafness.
Today we go on a nautical voyage down to the mysterious depths of the ocean. Join Dr Rob as he SCOPES out how scientists explore the deepest regions of the ocean, checks out a huge collection of fish and finds out how to map the sea floor.
OLD TIME TRAVEL
Tess heads to the South Australian Maritime Museum to find out what life was like onboard the sailing ships in the 1840's...only problem is, Tess drops off to sleep while filming and has a very strange dream....
Stacey heads to Dreamworld and helps to create some very enriching toys for the resident animals including a Tassie Devil!
STRANGE BUT TRUE - ECHIDNAS
Tess takes a closer look at one of the unique creatures of this wide brown land - the echidna.
CYCLE OF A ROCK LOBSTER
There one of the most popular dishes on the seafood menu, but we need to make sure they're around for future generations - so Sean is finding out how to farm a lobster.
ASK DR CHRIS
The Bondi Vet, Dr Chris Brown is talking with Nat about cats.
Nat comes face to face with one of the fiercest hunters of its type - the Leopard Seal.
ROTTNEST WILDLIFE TOUR
It might be wet, It might be windy, but that's not going to stop TW from exploring one of Western Australia's most exciting landmarks! Join Col on a bicycle tour of Rottnest Island as he uncovers the truth about seals, ospreys and the shipwrecks that now call these waters home.
JUNIOR WAKEBOARDING CHAMP
Wake boarding is a very cool extreme sport and Adam is lucky enough to hit the water with some junior champs.
Have you ever wondered what happens to the contents of your recycling bin after the truck collects it? Sean investigates.
PORT JACKSON SHARK
Tess tries a little magic and amazingly conjures up her own Port Jackson Shark! So, in true Totally Wild style, she sets off to find out all about it!
Filmmaker, Lee Whitmore's true story of growing up during one of the most talked about events in Australian history - the Petrov Affair. It's the summer of 1954 and seven year old Lee and her friends are drifting through the holidays, exploring their quiet suburban neighbourhood where nothing ever seems to happen... until one day mysterious strangers move in with the old lady next door.
Science is anything but black and white, so what exactly is colour? Well colour is light and light is colour, and colour comes from light but light is a form of energy. Join Dr Rob as he explores the colour spectrum and SCOPES out the science behind colours.
TOP JOB: POLICE OFFICER
After an embarrassing arrest Col finds himself at the South Australian Police Academy where he learns all about becoming a police officer...
WHEEL OF BRISBANE
Pip visits the Wheel of Brisbane to find out how this 60m high Ferris wheel rolls.
Sean catches up with Commonwealth champion highland dancers, and discovers one of them has actually danced in front of royalty!!! Sean on the other hand... needs help with the dance.
JOURNEY TO A TORTILLA
Adam loves his Mexican food so he decided to found out how a Tortilla is made.
TOTAL FIRE BAN
It only takes one spark from a campfire or match for a fire to ignite and spread out of control. Fortunately there's a safe measure in place to prevent these types of bush fires from happening. Stacey asks Ranger Ros what a Total Fire Ban is, what you can and can't do and why.
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.
Totally Wild Extreme is all about sport!
BIKE POLO CHAMPIONSHIPS
Nat heads to the 1st ever National Bike Polo Championships to find out all about this new sport...
BLACK BELT BOY
Stacey meets a young Taekwondo black belt champion.
CAVE OF WAVES
Hmmm, nice south easterly, bit of a low pressure system about and not too much wind; should be a good to day to learn how to surf! Well, it doesn't actually matter what the conditions are like today because I'll be taking my surfing lesson in an artificial wave pool!
TEN PIN BOWLING BLIND
Tess learns how blind and visually impaired bowlers tackle a bowling alley in style!
This program starts with body percussion which is an important tool for understanding music and for pre-instrumental skill development. A piece of repertoire provides the context in which to explore the skills of body percussion. The body percussion repertoire is then transferred to found instruments i.e. rubbish bins, lids, and sticks, and a composition is developed. Other segments in the program extend the exploration of percussion skills.
From the hull to the bridge, the bow to the wake, from paddles to jets, there is so much science built into water craft. Join Dr Rob as he gets the helm and SCOPES out all the science behind water craft.
This BtN Special takes a look at some of the kids doing pretty amazing things in the science and technology area. We meet some award winning young inventors with big ideas, as well as an 11 year old boy heading overseas after developing some amazing apps. Then there's the primary school kids competing with high school kids after building hi tech underwater robots!
Kayne and Kamil travel to central Queensland in search of the very rare Hairy-Nosed Wombat. The name "wombat" comes from the Darug language spoken by the Aboriginal people who originally inhabited the Sydney area. There are three species of wombats in Australia, the Bare-Nosed or Common Wombat, the Southern Hairy-Nosed Wombat and the Northern Hairy- Nosed Wombat. At up to 40kg, the Northern Hairy-Nosed Wombat is the largest of the three wombat species.
It's day one of the Nippers season at South Maroubra and Charlotte helps her dad turn the beach into a lifesaving training ground. Meanwhile Tyler competes for Club Captain, and newbie Omar must pass his proficiency swim.