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.
Friction is one of the most important forces affecting the world we live in. Everything from Earthquakes to car racing involves friction and this episode of Scope delves deep into how friction works and reveals some amazing science. Among other things you'll find out exactly how a Gecko climbs a wall and why making cars stick to the road makes them go faster!
No matter whether your favourite sport is cricket, footy, golf, or even BMX, if you want a competitive edge then you'll need science. Join Dr Rob as he takes a swing and SCOPES out all the science behind Sports Technology.
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!
As the European migration crisis continues to dominate headlines across the world, here in Australia focus has turned towards what can be done to help; The Australian Medical Association has announced that it believes the sport of boxing should be banned for all children under the age of 18; Papua New Guinea celebrates 40 years of independence from Australia; We look at the practice of signing the news for hearing impaired people plus a look at cattle judging.
This cheeky and provocative biography series dishes the dirt on icons of the past. Get all the gossip on history's biggest stars, from Henry VIII to Marie Antoinette. Unlike the tabloids though, all the facts are rigorously researched. The result? A rare glimpse into the rarefied world of the rich, famous and scandalous.
Sky diving without a plane...or a parachute? Alex is finding out all about indoor sky diving while Seamus spends the day shearing and rounding up the flock as he tries his hand at being a sheep farmer.
Stan lives for the wind. The slightest bit of wind and he's out on a Dutch beach, kite-surfing. With a big kite and a kiteboard he swooshes over the water and makes really high jumps. The stronger the wind, the better. That's why Stan wants to know all about the wind and, most of all, how you can use the wind to jump as high as possible.
Aunt Vera would like her electric portrait fixing, it has a broken circuit. Vlad is reluctant for Dave to fix it as he thinks that the painting is horrible. Dave shows Vlad how an electric circuit works.
Prepare yourself for an encounter of the strange, random and weird, because today we're looking at exotic animals. Alex discovers what a binturong is and Nat's getting face to face with a komodo dragon.
This episode follows Napoleon as he rises from humble beginnings to be the emperor of France, bashing most of Europe along the way. Meanwhile across the world we meet the Indian traveller who brought Shampoo to the world.
The spirited Mulan gets the surprise of her young life when her love, General Shang, asks for her hand in marriage. Before the wedding, however, Mulan and Shang must seal a national alliance by escorting three princesses to their own arranged marriages. When Mulan discovers these women are to be wed against their will, what started as a fight against the rival Mongols becomes a fight with her beloved fiance. Breathing fire into all this mayhem is the mischievous Mushu, who wants to keep Mulan single in order to retain his job as her guardian dragon.
Science is all around us! From the chlorophyll in the trees to the hydrogen in clouds. On this episode of SCOPE we take an in-depth look into the science that populates the world around us. There are plants getting stressed out, a species saved from extinction and the fascinating weather events of El Nino and La Nina!
Steve Backshall and the crew pitch up in British Columbia, Canada. It's an explorer's paradise with infinite untouched wilderness and spectacular animals like the wolf eel, the giant pacific octopus and the huge killer whale.
Today we're taking you on stage and behind the scenes to find out how performers do their thing! We're getting a taste of some Bollywood and Irish dancing and hitting the d-floor on some roller skates!
In a landmark documentary Kardiyalu Kangurnu, elders from different Central Australian communities share their stories of early contact with Kardiya (non-Indigenous people) and the food and animals they brought with them to the region.
This period of first contact is the theme of this animated documentary, which tells the story of how the elders reacted to the sudden appearance of visitors and how it changed their lives, featuring the stories from elders Jerry Jangala Patrick, Tess Napaljarri Ross, Jack Jangala Cook and Cecil 'Crocodile' Japangardi Johnson.
The animated documentary is beautifully and comically told by these elders from the region and comes to life by the clever use of inter-cutting between footage from interviews and images, and uses ground-breaking animations to tell their stories. It tells of how these elders live in the present day through live action interviews and how they were in their youth, living a life in the bush.
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Should overseas groups be allowed to donate money to Australian politicians?
That's the question many are asking after Labor Senator Sam Dastyari allowed a Chinese company to pay a bill for him totalling $1670.82.
He says the company expected nothing in return. But others say the payment is not okay.
We take a look at both sides of the debate.
15 YEARS SINCE 9/11:
Fifteen years ago, on the morning of September the 11th, one event in America changed the world forever.
We take a look back at the World Trade Centre attacks to find out what happened and how the world has changed since.
It's now spring in Australia, a time when trees turn green and the weather finally warms up.
It's also the time when some very aggressive black and white birds decide to randomly swoop down on kids everywhere.
We take a look at why magpies act like this and what you can do to protect yourself.
ROALD DHAL CENTENARY:
On the 13th of September the world will mark what would've been Roald Dahl's 100th birthday.
The British writer is still one of the most successful kids' authors in history, with 17 best-selling titles to his name.
We find out more about Dhal's life and take a closer look at some of his stories.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED
Learning Areas -
English / Literature / Examining Literature:
Discuss how authors and illustrators make stories exciting, moving and absorbing and hold readers' interest by using various techniques, for example character development and plot tension Year 4
Identify, describe, and discuss similarities and differences between texts, including those by the same author or illustrator, and evaluate characteristics that define an author's individual style Year 6
English / Language / Language variation and change:
Understand that the pronunciation, spelling and meanings of words have histories and change over time Year 5
English / Literature / Creating literature:
Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5
English / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating:
Analyse strategies authors use to influence readers Year 6
The Paralympics are getting underway so it's a great time introduce you to one of the youngest members of the Australian team.
Her name is Isis and she'll be competing on the track in Rio.
We'll also check in with the 15-year old's class back in Australia to find out how they'll be cheering her on during the games.
TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED:
Learning Areas -
Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health:
Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 7 & 8
Movement and Physical Activity / Learning through movement:
Modify rules and scoring systems to allow for fair play, safety and inclusive participation Years 7 & 8
HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning:
Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 & 6
Science / 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