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
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.
Here's a crosssection of Australian animals who hang out in trees. Tiny green tree frogs and the largest leafdwelling orangutans both favour this location. The koalas and sloths may see things from different angles, but they embrace the same branches, and we get top view of it all!
Poor 12yearold Carmen has come into emergency with a dislocated jaw. At lunchtime in the school canteen, a big crusty bread roll was the culprit! Luckily, the effervescent Dr Shrouk Messahel is on hand to take a look, and we get an animation of what the skeletal jaw looks like and how it comes together. Dr Shrouk then gets right on top of the problem with a twopart move that hardly ever fails. Certainly everything clicks with Carmen, and now that she can happily go home, it'll be soft foods for
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!
Leela checks out a new dog being trained to protect zoo animals from foxes. Just three months old, 'Evie', a threemonthold Maremma Sheepdog, is a breed used to guarding sheep. Trained to patrol the whole zoo grounds, she will guard all the animals especially ducks and waterfowl.
Alex speaks with water quality educator Ellie Pobjoy, who explains about macroinvertebrates living just under the water surface, and how water quality matters. A Boy Scout troop helps by taking pH samples and spotting various species of water bugs and larvae. A final test for phosphates free pills thet conclusion!
Scott gets close with some pretty daunting snakes and lizards, thanks to reptile breeder Blake Peboeck. We learn a lot about choosing reptiles as pets and get insight into fascinating dragons and lizards. There is a scene of the Python eating a (dead) rat, so caution to those sensitive.
Scientists are able to create fires by using cornflour. Cornflour particles that are further apart consume oxygen with no flame created, but when cornflour particles are closer together, a fire can be started spontaneously.
Dhanayhus wonders why we get shorter during the day. It seems he wants to remain tall enough to go on more rides at the theme park! Straightaway, Chris explains about our vertebra and the jellylike discs in between. During the course of our day, they get squeezed which makes them shorter and us shorter.
Nineyearold Courtney waits with her parents in emergency with a crayon stuck in her ear! With Dr Julian Warren on hand, the search begins. Thankfully, he locates it up the ear canal. Now to the procedure room, where Dr Julia carefully gets up Courtney's ear with his hook implement. As stealthy as he is, there's no budging that yellow crayon! But he's readying a bag full of water now to carry out plan B ... See if it succeeds in part 2!
The movement of oceanic plates created the volcanic islands of the Galapagos as the plate moved over a volcanic hot spot. As the plate moved, it carried older islands away from the hot spot, gradually forming new environments for evolution.
Seamus turns on the bravado and dons cricket gear to learn the finer points of bowling and batting. he is quickly humiliated by his pro instructors, and that's a large part of this lesson. While learning sound cricket tips, your class will note just how ridiculous a bragging buffoon appears!
Australia produces more cotton each year than anywhere else in the world; 600, 000 tones! But how does it get from the fields to the clothes on your back As Mark Freijah from the CSIRO explains it's a little more complicated than you might think!
Junior scientist Phoebe demonstrates an impressive trick for mixing colours and separating them again using glycerine. Because glycerine has a high viscosity, the coloured glycerine and regular glycerine don't mix immediately, allowing you to swivel and mix your colours, before returning them to their original state. To recreate this experiment at home, you will need some glycerine, a few cups, an eyedropper, folding clips, food colouring, water and two clear containers.
Don't know what to do with the piles of old newspapers, phonebooks or scrap paper lying around your house or school? Join junior scientist Hayley as she reveals how to transform these discarded items into blank sheets of card, explaining the processes involved and the composition of paper.
Julia from Scope experiments with different paper plane designs and explains the science behind how and why they fly. Will a pointed tip fly better than a weighted flat front? What does kinetic energy and gravity have to do with paper planes? All you need to find out is some paper and a few designs.
Join our junior scientists, Tamsyn and Josephine of Ruyton Girl's School, as they test the reaction times of their classmates and analyse the data. Reaction time (RT) is the amount of time that elapses between a person recognising and receiving stimuli and when it triggers a motor response. To create your own RT test, you will need a chair and table, a ruler, a computer for recording the results and some willing participants.
The common yabby is a freshwater crustacean common to Australia and usually found in swamps, creeks, rivers and dams. Junior scientist Sam is here to tell us a little more about the blue yabby, or Cherax destructor, and explain how to set up your own yabby tank, from washing the pebbles to conditioning the water.
Junior scientist Kristopher demonstrates how to create the oxidisation process known as rust, using salt, water, three jars and three balls of steel wool. You two can set up this controlled experiment to see how salt and water oxidises iron elements found in steel, causing a redox reaction and letting the rust occur Fe-reely!
Junior scientist and Phasmatodea enthusiast Allanah tells us about her stick insect collection, phasmids around the world and their diversity in Australia. Follow along as Allanah explains a plasmid's hemimetabolous life cycle and how to care for your very own.
Junior scientist Elizabeth teaches us a useful trick for working out multiplications, while junior scientist Sam shows us how to use math to perform magic. All you need for these handy tricks is a pen, your fingers, a deck of cards and a willing participant.
Today's junior scientists, Daniel and Emily from Westminster School, demonstrate the magic of atmospheric pressure. Daniel performs a number of gravity-defying tricks using water, a glass, a bottle, some mesh, some toothpicks, a rubber band and some paper. But Emily is quick to explain the science behind these tricks and the cohesive nature of water molecules.
Junior scientist Zac teaches us how to make a bubble snake and explains the science behind this bubbly creature. Bubbles are typically created when gas becomes trapped inside a liquid, usually air in water. But in this DIY project, air is passed through soapy water and a series of tiny holes to increase the lifespan and mass of the bubbles. To make a bubble snake at home, you'll need a spare sock, a water bottle, a rubber band, scissors, dishwashing liquid and some water.
Earth Hour Torches
A group of kids are working hard to make cheap and environmentally sustainable torches for families in Africa. They're building the solar-powered lights as part of Earth Hour, an environmental awareness campaign. We'll join them to find out how they make these special torches and why they're needed overseas.
Junior scientist Tasmin walks us through making a streamlined, aerodynamic balloon rocket. To get started, you will need some balloons (regular and cylindrical), string, tape, bull clips, scissors and drinking straws.