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

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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