Behind the News

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 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.

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.

Iran Deal
One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world.

Hawaii Volcano
One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano.

Aussie Space Agency
This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos.

Young Archies
We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece.

BTN Investigates: Toilet water
BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.

Behind the News: Iran Deal/Hawaii Volcano/Aussie Space Agency/Young Archies/Toilet water

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:26
Iran Deal One of the biggest news stories of the week was US President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an international agreement with Iran. It was made back in 2015 because lots of countries were worried that Iran was trying to make nuclear weapons. While many world leaders said the deal was the best way to bring about peace, others said it didn't do enough to stop Iran making weapons. We find out why ditching the deal is a really big deal for the US and the world. Hawaii Volcano One of the world's most active volcanos has been causing havoc in Hawaii. Mt Kilauea has been spewing out ash and rivers of lava which has destroyed homes and property. We find out more about the volcano and meet some local kids who live in the shadow of the volcano. Aussie Space Agency This week's federal budget contained an exciting announcement for space enthusiasts. The government is planning to put $41 million into the space industry and, for the first time, the country will get its very own space agency! We find out what Australia's future role in space might look like and why so many countries put money into exploring the cosmos. Young Archies We meet nine-year-old James, who is one of the finalists of this year's Young Archie competition. It's the junior version of Australia's most famous portrait prize, the Archibald, and it asks kids to draw or paint someone who's important to them. We find out more about the Archibald and meet the art teacher who inspired James to paint his masterpiece. BTN Investigates: Toilet water BTN viewer Pollyanna asked us to find out where toilet water goes, so we decided to investigate! Amelia goes on a fascinating, but slightly smelly tour of a waste water treatment plant to find out what happens when we flush the loo.
Budget 2018
Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job.

Korea Talks
Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea.

Free Range Eggs
For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts!

Bionic Builder
We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch!

Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music?
BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.

Behind the News: Budget 2018/Korea Talks/Free Range Eggs/Bionic Builder/Why Do We Listen to Music?

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:27
Budget 2018 Next Tuesday is budget day - when the federal government outlines how it's planning to spend Australia's money. It's one of the biggest days of the year for Aussie politicians but it's also an important day for ordinary Aussies, because the budget affects us all. We find out what the budget is and why keeping everyone happy can be a difficult job. Korea Talks Over the past few weeks there's been some good news about North and South Korea. For the first time in a decade the leaders of the two countries have met and they say they're working towards a peace treaty. We find out why that's a big deal by having a look at the history of North Korea and South Korea. Free Range Eggs For a long time there's been debate in Australia about chickens and eggs - that is - how chickens are farmed and how eggs are labelled. Many customers are willing to pay more for eggs that are "free range", but there's been some confusion about exactly what free range means. Now some new laws have come in which aim to clear that up. We visit an egg farm to find out more about the news laws and how they could affect Aussie farmers and Aussie breakfasts! Bionic Builder We find out about a year 8 student from Melbourne who challenged herself with a Christmas holiday school assignment. She looked into bionic technology and 3D printing and managed to build a bionic arm from scratch! Ask a Reporter: Why Do We Listen to Music? BTN viewer Isabelle asks is the intriguing question; "Why do people like music so much?" Jack goes on a musical journey to find out more about the story of song and why the tunes that we love get our toes tapping.
Banks Behaving Badly
A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry.

Villers-Bretonneux Centenary
This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia.

BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results
Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel.

Composting Kids
Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils.  

Corny Business
We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!

Behind the News: Banks Behaving Badly/Villers-Bretonneux Centenary/BTN Kids Contribute/Composting Kids/Corny Business

News and current affairs

Years 3-4, 5-6 News and current affairs
24:25
Banks Behaving Badly A royal commission into Aussie banks has put some of our most powerful financial institutions under the spotlight and some seriously dodgy dealings are being uncovered. We'll look at the important role that banks play in the lives of Australians, why the royal commission came about and why its findings have made a lot of people angry. Villers-Bretonneux Centenary This Anzac Day marked 100 years since thousands of Australian soldiers fought to free a tiny French town from German occupation during World War I. Its name is Villers-Bretonneux and the battle that took place there is recognised as an important turning point in the war. We find out more about what happened in Villers-Bretonneux and why the town still has a special connection to Australia. BTN Kids Contribute Survey Results Recently we asked kids around Australia to tell us how they contribute at home, at school at in their communities. More than 11,000 took part in the survey and now the results are in. This week we'll tell you more about how kids are contributing and how it makes them feel. Composting Kids Did you know that next week is International Compost Awareness Week? It might not be on everyone's calendar but experts say composting is a process we should all know more about. We meet some school kids who explain how compost can scrap pollution and build healthier soils. Corny Business We meet Sam, a young entrepreneur, whose popcorn business has taken off since it launched late last year. Sam tells us what it's like to run a business and whether there's any such thing as too much popcorn!
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