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Behind the News: Adani Mine/Flu Season/Uluru Climbing Ban/Recycling Week/History of Electricity
Adani Mine/Flu Season/Uluru Climbing Ban/Recycling Week/History of Electricity
ABC Me  |  November 7, 2017
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Adani Mine
You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate.

Flu Season
If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one.

Extended teaching resources
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)

Uluru Climbing Ban
Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision.

Recycling Week
Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste.

Extended teaching resources
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)

Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (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)

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)

BTN Investigates - History of Electricity
Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!

Adani Mine
You might have heard about a big project that's been proposed for Queensland's Galilee Basin. An Indian company called Adani wants to create one of the biggest coal mines in the world there but it's really controversial. In fact it's one of the biggest issues being talked about in the lead-up to the Queensland State election. We find out more about the mine and why it's been causing so much debate.

Flu Season
If you came down with the flu this year, you're not alone! This season has been the worst in years, with around 220,000 people coming down with the Influenza Virus. It's got some calling for a stronger flu vaccine and even suggesting it should be available for free to everyone. We look at what the flu is, how a vaccine can help and why this year was such a bad one.

Extended teaching resources
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)

Uluru Climbing Ban
Uluru is one of Australia's biggest tourist attractions but, from 2019, visitors will no longer be able to climb the famous rock. It's something traditional owners have been fighting for for many years because, to them, Uluru is a sacred site. We look at the debate that led up to this historic decision.

Recycling Week
Next week is National Recycling Week, when Australians are encouraged to think a bit more about what they throw away. We take a closer look at the recycling process, find out what we can put in our recycling bins, and what we can do to reduce waste.

Extended teaching resources
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)

Science / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences:
Natural and processed materials have a range of physical properties that can influence their use (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)

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)

BTN Investigates - History of Electricity
Friday the 10th of November is World Science Day, so we thought this week would be a good time to answer a question one of our viewers has about an important scientific discovery - electricity. Ethan asks when electricity was first discovered, and we've done our best to find out!

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