Behind the News
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Behind the News: Cyberattack/50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum/Kids TV/Space Messages/Sea Dragon

ABC Me May 23, 2017

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Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we ...

Cyberattack Last week, a massive cyberattack hit computers right around the world. It caused some big problems, but how did it all happen? In our lead story next week, we explain how a computer can be hacked and why some people might want to. 50th Anniversary of the 1967 Referendum Next Saturday is the 50th anniversary of a really important moment in Australia's history; the 1967 referendum. It saw the majority of Australians vote to change our country's laws to count Indigenous Australians as full citizens. We take a special look at the events that led up to this momentous vote and how things have changed since. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Kids TV Recently the government announced a review into how much children's TV should be shown on commercial networks. Currently there are rules about how many hours are broadcast and how much of it must be made in Australia. But some people are worried that if those rules disappear in the future, so will many great kids programs. Space Messages Have you ever wondered what you would say if you could send a message into space? Some kids in WA are working on messages that will soon be transmitted 4 light years away. We find out what they're going to say and how their messages will travel so far. Sea Dragon Australian scientists are trying to save a unique marine species that is tough to find at the best of times. It's called the Weedy Sea Dragon and there are worries the creatures are now endangered. But to confirm that, researchers need help from citizen scientists and some amazing facial recognition software. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles. Year 4 Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Manchester Attack/Recognition Convention//Special LaunchCoding School/Fidget Spinners

ABC Me May 30, 2017

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Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take ...

Manchester Attack Next week on BTN, we'll give kids a safe overview of what happened in Manchester and what's now being done to try to stop it happening again. We'll also take a close look at all of the good things people did to help in the hours and days after such a horrible event. Recognition Convention More than 200 Indigenous delegates from around the country are gathering in Uluru this week to discuss Recognition. That's the name given to the push to include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the Australian constitution. But what will that change actually mean? We'll bring you all of the info from this important event in central Australia. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Digital Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how whole numbers are used to represent all data in digital systems Years 5 and 6 Digital Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Implement digital solutions as simple visual programs involving branching, iteration (repetition), and user input Years 5 and 6 Implement and modify programs with user interfaces involving branching, iteration and functions in a general-purpose programming language Years 7 and 8 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Generate, develop and communicate design ideas and processes for audiences using appropriate technical terms and graphical representation techniques Years 5 and 6 Special Launch Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together It's often thought that the lives of city and country kids are worlds apartAnd while there are many obvious differences, there are also some similarities too. It's these differences and similarities that Behind the News would like to encourage kids to learn more about. So next week we will launch the 'BTN Aussie Classroom Connection.' It will ask teachers from all around Australia to register their class to be matched up with another class from a different geographical area. We will then encourage those matched classes to build a relationship and in the process, learn more about what it's like to live somewhere else. For all the details on how you can register your class, please visit our website right after next week's show. Coding School An Aussie school is making a name for itself in the app world. Students from Aberfoyle Park High School have been designing and developing their own apps. Their school's even become the first in the country to be registered as a developer under its own name. We find out what's involved and how you can start coding too. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas Civics and Citizenship Skills / Communication and reflection: Present civics and citizenship ideas and viewpoints for a particular purpose using civics and citizenship terms and concepts Year 5 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Government and democracy: The process for constitutional change through a referendum Year 7 History / Knowledge and Understanding: Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Key figures, events and ideas that led to Australia's Federation and Constitution Year 6 BTN Investigates: Fidget Spinners This week on BTN Investigates, Finella wants to know "what are fidget spinners? Are they dangerous? Are they bad? Are they actually good? What's the deal with this new fad?" We sent Jack undercover into the playground to find out.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: School Funding/Social Negativity/Kid Scientists/Icebreaker Comp/Young Solo Pilot/Aussie Classroom Connection

ABC Me June 6, 2017

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School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of ...

School Funding Since being announced in the lead up to the budget, the federal Government's new model for funding public and private schools has been a hot topic of conversation. This week, those changes will be debated in the senate. So to put those talks in context, we're going to explain how our country currently pays to educate millions of kids each year and why some think that should change. Social Negativity Recently a study in the UK asked more than a thousand young people about their social media activity. It found four of the five most popular social media sites were actually having a negative overall effect on kid's wellbeing. We reveal which social media sites had the biggest impact and ask kids why they think that might be the case. Kid Scientists Citizen science is what it's called when ordinary people help scientists to make amazing breakthroughs in research. But did you know some of Australia's top citizen scientists are actually kids? Next week, we'll meet Griffin and Austin to find out what it takes to be a leading citizen scientist and why they enjoy getting involved. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment. Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Science Inquiry Skills / Processing and analysing data and information: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations Year 5 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Planning and conducting: Collaboratively and individually plan and conduct a range of investigation types, including fieldwork and experiments, ensuring safety and ethical guidelines are followed Year 7 Icebreaker Comp Twelve children will soon get the chance to visit Antarctica for free. But there's a catch. To win this competition, you have to come up with a unique name for Australia's new icebreaker ship. Next week, we'll find out more about this comp and find out why Australia needs a new ship to reach Antarctica. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science knowledge can develop through collaboration across the disciplines of science and the contributions of people from a range of cultures Year 7 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Researching: Record, sort and represent data and the location of places and their characteristics in different formats, including simple graphs, tables and maps, using discipline-appropriate conventions Year 4 Young Solo Pilot A teenager from Hobart is aiming to become the youngest person to fly solo around Australia. We caught up with him on one of his stops to find out more about his record-breaking trip and why he decided to do it. Aussie Classroom Connection - Bringing city and country classrooms together Registrations are now open for BTN's Aussie Classroom Connection! Head to our website to find out how you can get involved.

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Behind the News: Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt/War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste/Blood Donation/Eagle Hunter/Bottle Message

ABC Me May 9, 2017

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Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of ...

Budget 2017 - Good vs Bad Debt: Next week, the federal Government will announce what it would like to do with the country's money. But in the lead-up, there's been a lot of talk about debt. The treasurer says he'd like people to remember that not all debt is bad debt. So next week we'll find out when spending money you don't have could be a good thing. War on Waste Special - Fashion Waste: Each year, Australians generate a huge amount of waste. So this month, the ABC is tackling this issue with a series called 'War on Waste'. And over the next few shows, we'll look at a few ways kids can cut down on the waste they produce. This week we're focusing on fashion waste. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Evaluate design ideas, processes and solutions based on criteria for success developed with guidance and including care for the environment Years 3 and 4 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and Understanding: Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Blood Donation The Red Cross has come up with a new way to encourage people to donate blood more regularly. It's introducing a text message system that will let each donor know where their blood is being used. So we thought we'd trial the new system with help from BTN reporter and regular plasma donor Nic. We'll also find out how blood gets from you to the person who needs it. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples' lives Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Eagle Hunter Next week you'll also meet a young girl from Mongolia who, like most kids, goes to school, hangs with her friends and helps out with chores around the house. But on the weekends, she heads into the mountains to learn how to hunt with a trained eagle. Learn more about this amazing ancient practice and the culture it comes from. Bottle Message Imagine walking along a beach and finding a message in a bottle that had drifted there from thousands of kilometres away. Sound like something out of a movie? Well that happened to a young Aussie kid recently. We helped him track down who threw it in the ocean in the first place.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Ministry Changes/Plastic Bag Ban//Classification Review/Mushroom Hunt/BTN Investigates: How do fireworks work?

ABC Me July 25, 2017

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Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's ...

Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Fire Aid/Vitamins/Beached Whales/Playground Sunnies/Shearing Kid

ABC Me February 21, 2017

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Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. ...

Fire Aid The past two weeks have been tough for many communities in central New South Wales. Bushfires hit during last week’s heatwave conditions, causing widespread damage. We hear from some kids who have been affected and find out how help is reaching them. Vitamins Seven in ten Aussies regularly take supplements, like vitamins or herbal medicines. But now, Australia's leading group of doctors say people may not be getting the benefits from them that they expect. We take a look at some of the most common supplements to find out how much evidence there really is behind them. Beached Whales Last week, hundreds of whales became stranded on a beach in New Zealand. Some were able to get reach safety, while others died when they couldn't get back into deeper water. We explore some of the theories around why some of the biggest, smartest creatures in the ocean often end up beached on the shore. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 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 Year 6 Science and technology contribute to finding solutions to a range of contemporary issues; these solutions may impact on other areas of society and involve ethical considerations Year 7 Playground Sunnies Most kids know they have to wear sun protection when outside. But some eye specialists say hats and sunscreen don’t protect kids’ eyes, so they're now calling for schools to make sunglasses compulsory. They say too many kids are getting eye damage from the sun and that could easily be prevented. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Light from a source forms shadows and can be absorbed, reflected and refracted Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives Years 5 and 6 Health and PE / Personal, Social and Community Health / Being healthy, safe and active: Plan and practise strategies to promote health, safety and wellbeing Years 5 and 6 Health and PE / 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 English / Literacy / Creating texts: Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate to purpose and audience Year 5 English / Literacy / Interacting with others: Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information, experiences and opinions Year 6 Shearing Kid Wool has been a vital commodity in Australia ever since 29 sheep were brought out on the First Fleet in 1788. But through all of the years since, technology still hasn’t been able to replace the job of a skilled shearer. In this story, we’ll meet a 5-year old already looking to make his mark on the industry, before finding out more about the history of this important occupation.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student

ABC Me February 28, 2017

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Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions ...

Israel Visit/Cybersecurity Jobs/Palm Oil/Mystery Planet/Robotic Student Israel Visit The historic visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is raising questions about the relationship between his nation and the Palestinian people all the way over on the other side of the world. Palestine is currently not recognised as an independent state by Australia, but some say that should change. Others say it definitely shouldn't. We take a look at both sides of this debate and find out why so many prominent have weighed in on the topic. Cybersecurity Jobs Last week Google announced it was on the lookout to hire Australia's best and brightest hackers. Hackers are normally known for trying to steal other people's information or take down websites. So why would one of the biggest technology companies in the world want to hire them? Well hacking is becoming such an important job that many organisations and government agencies say more young Aussies need to start considering it as a career. BTN Investigates: Palm Oil This week, Alice asked BTN to investigate "why palm oil effects orangutans so badly?" We sent Matt out to discover how a simple food product can hurt primates and what you can do to help. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Mystery Planet Would you like to discover a new planet? Well now you have the chance, after NASA asked for help to comb through millions of photos of our solar system to find a mysterious 9th planet that they suspect exists - but have so far not been able to see. We reveal how you can get involved in the hunt. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions Years 5 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 6 Robotic Student Being stuck at home because of sickness can be a real problem for some kids. They miss out on important lessons at school and the chance to hang with their friends too. Well now remote controlled robots are being used to help. We meet one of the kids who've used on to stay connected from home.

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Behind the News: Russia/International Women’s Day/Balloon Ban/Sideline Abuse/Dictionaries

ABC Me March 7, 2017

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Russia Open the newspaper or turn on the TV news and it’s pretty likely you’ll hear Russia mentioned. The country has hit the headlines repeatedly this year over accusations ...

Russia Open the newspaper or turn on the TV news and it’s pretty likely you’ll hear Russia mentioned. The country has hit the headlines repeatedly this year over accusations it has ties to the new US President and his administration. That’s big news because not so long ago, the two countries were bitter enemies. This week we find out more about Russia and its tumultuous relationship with the west. International Women’s Day: Women at Work Next week the world will mark International Women’s Day, which celebrates the awesome achievements of women all around the world. But it’s also a day to remember the past inequalities they have faced too, especially in the workplace. So in our next episode, we’re going to step back in time to find out what it was really like to be a working woman, before discovering some of the problems they still face today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: History / Knowledge and Understanding: Days and weeks celebrated or commemorated in Australia (including Australia Day, Anzac Day, and National Sorry Day) and the importance of symbols and emblems Year 3 Experiences of Australian democracy and citizenship, including the status and rights of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, migrants, women and children Year 6 Balloon Ban Have you ever let a helium balloon drift off into the sky? Or popped one outside and left the remains? Well Zoos Victoria say those two actions are incredibly dangerous for many birds, animals and sea creatures, because many of them mistake it for food. So now they are campaigning for balloons to be banned outside. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: HASS / Inquiry and skills / Evaluating and reflecting: Reflect on learning to propose actions in response to an issue or challenge and consider possible effects of proposed actions Year 4 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7 Sideline Abuse Have you ever been at a sports match and seen an adult behaving badly on the sidelines? Well experts say it’s happening way too often now. So some famous sports stars have helped to launch a campaign asking parents to make sure sport stays fun for kids. BTN Investigates: Dictionaries This week on BTN Investigates, Sean wants to know “how do you get a word in the dictionary?” Well Sean, you’ve come to the right place. Tune in next week to find out all about these massive books and how they’re compiled.

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Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch/Vaccination/Famine/Platypus Research/ Why do we need to sleep?/Synchronised Swimming

ABC Me March 14, 2017

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Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year ...

Kind Classrooms 2017 Launch Kind Classrooms returns for 2017 with a callout to classrooms around the country to show us how you make a difference in your community. Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kind kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Vaccination One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson has described the Government's 'no jab no pay' policy as a 'dictatorship', saying parents should be allowed to choose not to vaccinate their kids. But that statement has health professionals really worried, because vaccines have already been responsible for wiping out some serious diseases and saving millions of lives. We'll take a closer look at the issue next week. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Famine Recently, South Sudan was declared the site of the world's first famine in six years. So this week on BTN, we're going to visit this country to find out what a famine is and why it's happening. We'll also find out what other countries can do to help. Platypus Research Right now researchers are trying to track one of Australia's most mysterious creatures. Scientists are scouring riverbeds in New South Wales for Platypuses as part of a three year count of the native Australian animal. We find out what they are hoping to learn. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The importance of environments, including natural vegetation, to animals and people Year 4 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 BTN Investigates: Why do we need to sleep? This week on BTN Investigates, Mitchell and Troy want to know why we need sleep. Well Mitchell and Troy, sleep is one of our favourite topics here on BTN. Tune in next week to find out all about what really happens to you during those hours of evening shut-eye. Synchronised Swimming It's a sport that combines dancing and gymnastics - all while underwater and often upside down. It's synchronised swimming and this week, we're going to meet some of the first boys to pick up the nose plugs in Australia. But they say they need one of the sports rules to change to be allowed to represent Australia at the Olympics one day. We meet them to find out more.

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Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues/Power Fix/Queensland Drought/Epilepsy/Earth Hour Torches/VR Classroom

ABC Me March 21, 2017

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Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to ...

Kind Classrooms 2017 Continues What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. Power Fix Recently, South Australia has had problems with its power supply, so this week its Premier announced it would attempt to fix these issues with two things - batteries and gas. We take a look at both of these technologies and find out how each one might be able to make an electricity grid more reliable. Queensland Drought Almost 90% of the state of Queensland is currently suffering drought conditions, leading to worries for the people there that rely on rainfall for their livelihoods, like farmers. We meet some of the kids living in these drought areas to find out what sort of problems it's causing for them each and every day. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Sudden geological changes and extreme weather events can affect Earth's surface Year 6 Geography / Water in the world: Causes, impacts and responses to an atmospheric or hydrological hazard Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Epilepsy Sunday the 26th of March is Purple Day. It is dedicated to raising awareness about epilepsy. So we asked one young Aussie to tell us what living with epilepsy means for him. Earth Hour Torches Some Kind Classrooms inspiration next - a group of kids are working hard to make cheap and enviromentally sustainable torches for families in Africa. They're building the solar-powered lights as part of Earth Hour, an environmental awareness campaign that's marking its tenth anniversary this year. We'll join them to find out how they make these special torches and why they're needed overseas. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 and 6 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space sciences: Some of Earth's resources are renewable, but others are non-renewable Year 7 Geography / Knowledge and Understanding: The use and management of natural resources and waste, and the different views on how to do this sustainably Year 4 VR Classroom We've all heard of the school of the air, but what about the school of virtual reality? Aurora College in NSW claims to be the first VR school in the state, with students meeting together digitally for lessons held by teachers all over the world. We find out what going to this special kind of school is really like.

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Behind the News: Kind Classrooms 2017/What is 18C?/World Happiness/National Archives/Parking Win/Robotics Comp

ABC Me March 28, 2017

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Kind Classrooms 2017 Please submit your videos by Wednesday the 29th of March. What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we ...

Kind Classrooms 2017 Please submit your videos by Wednesday the 29th of March. What kind act is your class doing for this year's BTN Kind Classrooms campaign? Last year we saw car washes, snack deliveries and donations to the homeless all planned and carried out by kids. So get thinking, film your work and send it in to BTN - and you might see your good deeds featured on the show. For more details, please head to our website. What is 18C? One number and one letter had many of Australia’s politicians talking this week. 18C is a section of law that talks about racial discrimination. Some politicians say it should be changed to allow people to speak more freely. Others say that would be dangerous. We explain more about what discrimination is and how this law might change things. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: Health and Physical Education / Personal, Social and Community Health / Contributing to healthy and active communities: Identify how valuing diversity positively influences the wellbeing of the community Years 5 and 6 Investigate the benefits to individuals and communities of valuing diversity and promoting inclusivity Years 6 and 7 Civics and Citizenship Knowledge and Understanding / Citizenship, diversity and identity: Who can be an Australian citizen, the formal rights and responsibilities, and shared values of Australian citizenship Year 6 Civics and Citizenship Skills / Questioning and research: Develop questions and gather a range of information to investigate the society in which they live Year 6 World Happiness How happy are you? That's what the UN asked thousands of people around the world recently for its annual happiness survey. We take a look at which countries are the happiest and more importantly, why. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas: 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 National Archives The National Archives is currently moving more than 15 million documents to a new storage facility in Canberra. We join them as they transport some delicate material samples to find out what’s involved and why these artefacts are so important to our national history. Parking Win Recently the New South Wales Premier announced that parking fees at state hospitals are soon going to be a lot cheaper, saving people who have to make regular trips thousands of dollars a year. The change comes after months of campaigning from a teenager named Gidon. We checked in with him to find out how he feels about his win and what advice he has for other kids who want to campaign for change. Robotics Comp Finally, we’re going to hear from Amber and her robotics team, the Roboroos, as they take on others from around the country at the FIRST Robotics Championship. Find out more about their journey and how they went next week.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Murray Basin Controversy/Four Year Terms/Dr Yunupingu/Cultural Differences/Aussie Fossil Find

ABC Me August 1, 2017

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Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's ...

Murray Basin Controversy A lot of people have been talking about the Murray Darling Basin Plan. It's a massive, multibillion dollar agreement designed to help save Australia's most important rivers. But a recent report says some people might be doing the wrong thing. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Year 5 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment Year 6 HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 Geography / Geographical Knowledge and Understanding / Water in the world: The way that flows of water connects places as it moves through the environment and the way this affects places Year 7 The quantity and variability of Australia's water resources compared with other continents Year 7 Economic, cultural, spiritual and aesthetic value of water for people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and peoples of the Asia region Year 7 Four Year Terms Recently, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten announced that he was throwing his weight behind changing the length of time between federal elections. Currently it's three years; he says it should be extended to four. But why? We'll take a look at the arguments for and against next week. Dr Yunupingu Australia's most prominent Indigenous musician, Dr G Yunupingu, has died. We'll look back at his life and music, plus we'll learn more about the impact he had on Australia. Cultural Differences In all of the reports about Dr Yunupingu's life, you won't see a picture of his face. You also won't see his full name written. But why? Well it's all to do with the cultural beliefs held by some Indigenous people. We'll find out more about them next week. Aussie Fossil Find Scientists searching the entire south coast of Australia have found hundreds of fossilised footprints on a beach on Kangaroo Island. Some of them belong to ancient megafauna, others, to extinct animals like the Tasmanian Tiger. We visited one of the palaeontologists that made this discovery to find out what these footprints can teach us about the past. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science as a Human Endeavour / Nature and development of science: Scientific knowledge has changed peoples' understanding of the world and is refined as new evidence becomes available Year 7 Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Interactions between organisms, including the effects of human activities can be represented by food chains and food webs Year 7

Behind the News
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Behind the News: Science Week preview/Rubbish Report/Airport Security/Fuel Finished/Ocean Mapping/How is a rainbow made?

ABC Me August 8, 2017

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BTN's Science Week preview special This week, we're focusing on the science behind the news. Each of our stories in this episode will explain the scientific concepts behind ...

BTN's Science Week preview special This week, we're focusing on the science behind the news. Each of our stories in this episode will explain the scientific concepts behind the headlines, from the ocean floor to rainbows and everything in between. Rubbish Report Next week, 4 Corners is investigating what happens to your garbage and recycling after it leaves your house. We will tell kids why this big report for adults is relevant to kids too. We'll also explain how materials can be recycled, ready to be used again. Airport Security Last week, airport security was tightened after police stopped a planned plane attack. Authorities say the new measures mean we are all safe to fly. We'll take a look at some of the processes you and your baggage go through before a trip to make sure on one is in danger in the skies. Fuel Finished The UK government has announced that by 2040, new petrol or diesel powered cars will be banned from sale. It follows France's earlier decision to do the same. So we're going to take a look at all of the other options available to get us from A to B. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - 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 and 6 Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations Year 7 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Years 5 and 6 Science / Science Understanding / Physical sciences: Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources Year 6 Design and Technologies / Knowledge and understanding: Recognise the role of people in design and technologies occupations and explore factors, including sustainability that impact on the design of products, services and environments to meet community needs Years 3 and 4 Examine how people in design and technologies occupations address competing considerations, including sustainability in the design of products, services, and environments for current and future use Years 5 and 6 Ocean Mapping Something positive might come out of the long and tragic search for missing flight MH370. Those searching for the downed plane have released all of the scans they made of the ocean floor. And while they haven't revealed the resting place of MH370, they have led researchers to a treasure trove of other discoveries. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Science / Science Understanding / Biological sciences: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive Year 4 Living things have life cycles Year 4 Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment Year 5 The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment Year 6 Science / Science Inquiry Skills / Communicating: Communicate ideas, explanations and processes using scientific representations in a variety of ways, including multi-modal texts Year 6 BTN Investigates - How is a rainbow made? This week Kayla has asked us to find out why rainbows always have the colours in the same order. In her words: "I know it's nature, but wow!" Well we agree Kayla, so why not find out more about these colourful apparitions.

Behind the News
24:29

Behind the News: Postal Plebiscite/Kids Concussion/Artificial Intelligence/Book Week Preview/Internet Issues

ABC Me August 15, 2017

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Postal Plebiscite After a tense meeting and a second failed senate vote, the decision on whether same sex marriage is legalised will now be guided by the Australian people ...

Postal Plebiscite After a tense meeting and a second failed senate vote, the decision on whether same sex marriage is legalised will now be guided by the Australian people through a postal plebiscite. Last year we told you that a traditional plebiscite was the Government's plan. So what is the difference between that and this new postal version? And why are some people saying it won't actually happen, while others say it shouldn't be allowed to happen? Kids Concussion A new study has found that concussion is more common in kids than you might think. Research out of the US has revealed kids aged between 8 to 13 have the highest rate of sports-related concussion. It has a lot of people worried, but what can be done about it? Artificial Intelligence Every kids dreams of the career they'll adopt when they grow up. But a new revolution in computing could take away those dreams for some. Artificial intelligence will change the way we interact with technology and the things it can do for us. But what areas will it affect most? And how can a machine actually learn anyway? TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - Design and Technologies / Processes and Production Skills: Select appropriate materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques and apply safe procedures to make designed solutions Years 5 and 6 Select and justify choices of materials, components, tools, equipment and techniques to effectively and safely make designed solutions Years 7 and 8 Science / Science as a Human Endeavour / Use and influence of science: Science knowledge helps people to understand the effect of their actions Year 4 Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions Years 5 and 6 Book Week Preview - Teen Novelist A lot of kids have tried their hand at writing a short story or a picture book - but what about a novel? To get you excited for Book Week, we're going to introduce you to a young teen who has published a book over 32,000 words long - and she already can't wait to write a follow-up. 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 English / Literature Creating literature: Create literary texts by developing storylines, characters and settings Year 4 Create literary texts using realistic and fantasy settings and characters that draw on the worlds represented in texts students have experienced Year 5 Create literary texts that experiment with structures, ideas and stylistic features of selected authors Year 5 Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have experienced in innovative ways Year 6 Internet Issues The internet is the main form of communication for most young people. But for kids living in regional areas, access can be a huge issue. Internet connections can be slow, patchy, or sometimes, non-existent. We'll hear from some kids living on a remote outback station to find out what affect these internet issues have on their lives.

Behind the News
24:29

Behind the News: Dual Citizenship/Guam/Backburning/Moonhack Record/Guide Dog Training

ABC Me August 22, 2017

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Dual Citizenship A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet ...

Dual Citizenship A little-known constitutional requirement is causing big problems in Australia's federal parliament. Federal parliamentarians cannot be dual citizens, yet quite a few have now turned out to be just that. And the latest victim is one of the biggest names in the House of Representatives - Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. We'll take a look at the issue and find out why the constitution would have included that rule in the first place. Guam This week, North Korea threatened to hit the island of Guam with a nuclear weapon. But why this tiny nation, out of all others on earth? We'll find out, and in the process, meet some of the kids that call Guam home. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: 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 Australia's connections with other countries and how these change people and places Year 6 The world's cultural diversity, including that of its indigenous peoples Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Years 5 and 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Sequence information about people's lives, events, developments and phenomena using a variety of methods including timelines HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Civics and Citizenship: The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens Year 6 Backburning NSW's Rural Fire Service has started preparing for bush fire season with a series of burn-off's in the southern Highlands. Burn-off's are designed to help prevent serious fires during summer. And it's something that Australia's Indigenous people have been doing for thousands of years. We'll take a look at how they were done then, and find out if the process has changed much today. TEACHING RESOURCES INCLUDED Learning Areas - HASS / Knowledge and Understanding / Geography: The influence of people, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, on the environmental characteristics of Australian places Year 5 The environmental and human influences on the location and characteristics of a place and the management of spaces within them Year 5 The impact of bushfires or floods on environments and communities, and how people can respond Year 5 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Questioning: Develop appropriate questions to guide an inquiry about people, events, developments, places, systems and challenges Year 6 HASS / Inquiry and skills / Analysing: Interpret data and information displayed in a range of formats to identify, describe and compare distributions, patterns and trends, and to infer relationships Year 6 Moonhack Record Science Week was held in Australia this week, and a big part of the festivities was Moonhack, a world record coding attempt for kids. We'll check in with one of the schools that took part to find out what's involved and whether a record was set. Guide Dog Training Some students in New South Wales are taking part in what could be one of the best school activities ever held. Their job is to teach a bunch of puppies some important skills before they go off for Guide Dog training. We'll tag along during one of their 'lessons' next week.

Behind the News
5:00

Behind the News: Copenhagen/TV Ban/iPod Inattention/Wombats/Cadet Camp

ABC October 20, 2009

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Copenhagen Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen. Why are pollies always talking about Copenhagen? Is it because they love ice cream? No. It is actually a place where a vital ...

Copenhagen Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Copenhagen. Why are pollies always talking about Copenhagen? Is it because they love ice cream? No. It is actually a place where a vital meeting is going to be held about the future of the planet. Sarah has been finding out why Copenhagen could be crucial for climate change. TV Ban Is TV making you dumb? Some people say it is and they want to ban kids from watching before they turn two. They also want TV time limited for older kids! Kirsty has been looking at why there's a push for a ban and what kids think about it. iPod Inattention Could listening to your favorite song get you arrested? Probably not - but it's not as crazy as you think! In at least one state police are getting tough on pedestrians listening to music players. However it's not because of bad music, it's to avoid bad accidents. Nathan explains. Wombats When you think about famous Aussie animals the main ones that come to mind are kangaroos and koalas - wombats tend to be forgotten. In fact there's a big debate about what to do with them. Some farmers want them culled, some conservationists say they're endangered. Nathan decided to find out why. Cadet Camp You might think army cadets is all about marching around a parade ground there's a lot more to it than that. In the school holidays heaps of cadets had a great time together at cadet camp. What's that all about? Sarah went a long to find out.

Behind the News
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Behind the News: 1/12/2009

ABC December 1, 2009

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Cane Toads 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 ...

Cane Toads 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. Indigenous Games 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. AFI Kid 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. 2009 Remembered 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.

Behind The News
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Behind The News: 31/05/2011

ABC May 31, 2011

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STRONG DOLLAR We often hear on the news about the strong Aussie dollar... but what does it mean? BtN looks at why a strong dollar is good news for some and bad news for ...

STRONG DOLLAR We often hear on the news about the strong Aussie dollar... but what does it mean? BtN looks at why a strong dollar is good news for some and bad news for others. TORNADO More than a hundred people have been killed by a series of tornadoes that hit parts of the US. We find out more about tornadoes, and how they start. HEAD KNOCKS Getting to the top in sport can sometimes mean putting your body on the line. But is our desire to win so strong, that we're prepared to put our health at risk? We look at why some sports have changed the way they deal with head injuries. POSTURE PROBLEM You've probably been told at least once before, to sit up straight. We explain why your posture is really important for your health. And we look at the latest research which suggests that modern technology is creating a posture problem for kids. REFUGEE KIDS Australia's known as a multicultural country, because people from all over the world come here to live. For refugees who now call Australia home, it's a fresh start. But it can also be really challenging for kids as they try to adapt to the culture of a new country. We take a look at a fun program helping a group of African boys find their feet.