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Does Australia's prosperity depend on immigration?

Australia's declining birth rates seem to be threatening its ability to remain economically competitive. What can be done about this? One approach is to increase Australia's population through immigration. Find out about key changes in Australia's population over time. Also discover some of the different views about the ...

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Trade and Investment at a Glance

Using an illustrated report from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, this Teacher guide provides ten learning sequences that engage students in the analysis and interpretation of data about Australian imports and exports. Students: identify Australia's major exports and imports; investigate international trade ...

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Renovate or detonate?

In this clip from 1992, we meet a group of architects pushing for Sydney to improve its liveability. But we also hear from a developer who might have a different idea about what should lie at the heart of the city. A key point of conflict emerges over what to do with Sydney's older buildings.

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Increasing threat of megafires

Many scientists believe we are already experiencing megafires and that they will continue to increase in the future. In this clip you will hear from Australian scientists at the forefront of fire research. Discover what they have to say about the causes, projections, and consequences of an increased megafire threat.

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Improving the energy efficiency of fibro homes

In the 1950s, 'fibro' homes prevented a looming housing crisis triggered by Australia's post-war baby boom and a spike in immigration. Millions of them remain in our suburbs, but energy-efficiency is not their strong point. In this clip, see how a team of students have found out how to retrofit these homes to revolutionise ...

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Iceland's volcanic eruption, 2010

Imagine an ash cloud so big that it stopped all plane flights over much of Europe for almost a week. That is what happened in 2010 when Iceland's volcano called Eyjafjallajokull erupted explosively, sending black ash 6000 metres into the air. Find out from this clip what caused the eruption, why it led to widespread disruption ...

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Aquaculture fishes for the future

We all have the ability to make choices. When it comes to the food we choose to eat, some of our decisions could lead to large changes in food production. Choosing farmed fish supports the aquaculture industry. While this industry is not without its own environmental issues, can it contribute to sustainable fish stocks?

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Weather forecasting

How do meteorologists predict the weather? Discover what types of weather data is gathered, the equipment used, and how forecasting has changed over the years. A scientist will reveal how often they get it wrong!

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Ecological effects of bushfires

Did you know that Australia is the most flammable continent on Earth? Watch this clip to discover how bushfires impact natural ecosystems, and how the increasing global threat of bushfires may affect Australia. Australian scientists explain the ecological consequences of fire and a US expert describes his concerns for the future.

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Vegetable gardens

Have you ever grown vegetables? In this clip you will discover many things about vegies and how they grow. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will even show you how to make a vegetable garden in a box. Find out which vegetable is actually a flower, which are the best seasons for planting and picking, and how deep to bury seeds.

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Hour of Code: Bill Gates explains If statements

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. In this video, Bill Gates, creator of Microsoft introduces the If statement. He explains that the If statement is a fundamental concept in computer programming. By demonstrating the use ...

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Hour of Code: Mark Zuckerberg teaches Repeat Loops

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. In this instructional video, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg explains what a Repeat Loop is and how to use the repeat block. This is the second of seven clips in the Hour of Code tutorial. To ...

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Unplugged Activity: Graph Paper Programming

This video introduces one of code.org's unplugged activities and provides an introduction to programming without the use of computers. One student takes on the role of "programmer", drawing arrows and scribbles on paper to guide the other student to re-create a particular picture. For more information on the activities ...

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Unplugged Activity: Computational Thinking

This video introduces one of code.org's unplugged activities. It discusses a lesson on Computational Thinking, designed to show you how to take a big difficult problem and turn it into several simpler problems. The goal of the lesson is for a group of students to write a set of instructions for another group of students ...

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Little penguin adapting big time!

Discover the features, habitat and adaptations of the little penguin, and the conservation efforts aimed at helping it to survive in the wild. Also known as the fairy penguin, this species is not endangered but in Australia is only found in small isolated populations.

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Why locals love living in Kenilworth

Kenilworth is a small town in rural Queensland with a close-knit community that takes great pride in their town's history and connectedness. In this clip you will hear long-standing locals, as well as a newcomer, describe the relaxed lifestyle, local businesses, attractions and history of Kenilworth.

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Hour of Code: Saloni teaches If/Else statements with Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. In this video, Saloni explains what an If/Else statement is. With the help of Scrat the Squirrel from Ice Age, she goes on to demonstrate how If/Else blocks can be used to program characters' ...

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Solving the problem of e-waste

Australians are quick to embrace new technology. However, the rapid rate of technological change has meant that Australia is one of the world's largest producers of electronic waste, or 'e-waste'. This clip from 2013 looks at how various community groups are working together to find a solution to this growing problem.

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Wind farm on King Island, Tasmania?

Discover some of the issues surrounding a plan to build Australia's biggest wind farm on King Island, near Tasmania. Listen to this audio clip from 2012 to find out how Victoria may get 'clean energy', and hear some different views on how the wind farm might affect King Island's local community and environment.

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Coal scheme under fire

This clip from 2013 shows the Australian Coal Association's billion dollar COAL21 scheme under fire. COAL21 was designed to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions within the coal industry, but some claim that changes to the scheme will weaken its effectiveness. In the clip, see critics and coal industry representatives expressing ...