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Behind the News: BTN Kids' Happiness Survey/Australia Day Debate/Threatened Species Day/Spacesuit History/Zombie Class/Rock-climbing
BTN Kids' Happiness Survey/Australia Day Debate/Threatened Species Day/Spacesuit History/Zombie Class/Rock-climbing
ABC Me  |  September 5, 2017
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The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open!
As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say!

Australia Day Debate
Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand.

Threatened Species Day
Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

Spacesuit History
Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science:
The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5

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

Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills:
Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6

Zombie Class
What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process.

Rock-climbing
Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time.
Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.

The BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open!
As we revealed last week, the BTN Kids' Happiness Survey is now open! So please encourage your class to jump onto our website to have their say. We're working with experts from the University of Melbourne this year. They will help us interpret the results and use them as part their international research into children's lives. It'll only take about 6 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. You have until the 22nd of September to have your say!

Australia Day Debate
Over the past few weeks, a couple of local councils have confirmed that they have cancelled their Australia Day celebrations for 2018. ABC radio station Triple J has also recently released a survey asking people what they think of moving the date of their 'Hottest 100' music countdown from the 26th of January. It's all because of the negative feelings Australia's Indigenous people have towards this date. But the Prime Minister says he strongly disagrees with the push to move it. We'll recap both sides of this debate so you can decide where you stand.

Threatened Species Day
Next week is National Threatened Species week. It's the perfect time to learn about the challenges faced by different species around the world. So next week, we're going to meet some of the rangers tasked with protecting animals from poachers in Cambodia. But as we'll learn, it's not just the animals who are in danger there.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

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 the physical conditions of their environment Year 6

Spacesuit History
Astronauts could soon get a slick wardrobe update. Space X founder Elon Musk has announced a new design of spacesuit that he says will work better and look better too. So we're going to take a look at the history of spacesuits and find out what they have to do to keep astronauts safe.

Teaching resources included
Learning Areas -

Science / Science Understanding / Earth and space science:
The Earth is part of a system of planets orbiting around a star (the sun) Year 5

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

Design and Technologies Processes and Production Skills:
Critique needs or opportunities for designing, and investigate materials, components, tools, equipment and processes to achieve intended designed solutions Year 5 and 6

Zombie Class
What's your favourite subject at school? English? Maths? How about preventing the world from being hit by a catastrophic zombie apocalypse? We joined the students of one Aussie school as they learnt how to save the world from zombies - and found out what other lessons can teach us in the process.

Rock-climbing
Rock climbing is going to feature in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo for the first time.
Fourteen-year old Leah is one of the rock-climbing athletes leading the way for Australia internationally. We asked her to tell us more about this sport - just as she's getting ready to compete for gold at the World Youth Championships.

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