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Making a garden for students

Explore a school vegetable garden where bush tucker plants, such as midgen berry, grow alongside common vegetables, like lettuce and silverbeet. Gardening Australia's Clarence Slockee, visits a Sydney primary school and helps the students and teacher plant new edible garden. Discover the names and uses of some traditional ...

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Rise of the machines: using drones

Remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) or 'drones' are shaping up as the next technological revolution. In the US, a relaxation of the laws relating to their civilian use means that drones may have a broader application. Find out about their potential uses.

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Preparing for a bushfire

How should you prepare for a bushfire? Watch this clip to discover how two different families prepared for the 2006 Victorian bushfires that hit their town. Find out how the children participated in the fire plan and helped keep their family and house safe.

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War of the willows

A willow tree removal program in the ACT has erupted into a war of words. At the heart of this clash of ideas are different opinions about the best way to protect the landscape. While the government sees the willow as a weed, others view it as an important environmental resource. Which environmental world view will prevail?

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Land use conflict in NSW national parks

Explore points in a debate about the area set aside as National Park land in NSW. As this clip from 2013 reveals, the debate centres around the value of protecting biodiversity versus the demand for resources such as timber. The clip reflects ways in which different environmental world views can impact the way that the ...

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Exploring the finished garden

Explore the Swan Valley Anglican Community School garden with Josh Byrne, and you will be amazed at what they have created in just six months. This clip will inspire you to create your very own productive garden.

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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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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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What is clean energy?

This resource is a web page about low greenhouse gas emission (clean) energy resources. It differentiates between clean and dirty and renewable and non-renewable energy sources, and describes the importance of using clean-energy sources and of government initiatives for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It contains links ...

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Beyond the Aral Sea's shrinking shore

The Aral Sea was once the fourth-largest lake in the world. However, since the 1960s it has been shrinking due to environmental changes caused by humans. In this clip you will discover that the scale of the environmental impact in this region extends well beyond the retreating shoreline.

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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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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: My Robotic Friends

This video introduces one of code.org's unplugged activities and provides an introduction to programming without the use of computers. One group of students take on the role of "programmer", drawing arrows on paper to guide the other group of students, the "robots" to build a stack of cups in a particular configuration. ...

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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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Cyclone Yasi

Imagine your house being battered by 285 km per hour winds! That is what happened when Cyclone Yasi, a category 5 cyclone, hit far north Queensland in 2011. Watch this clip showing Yasi unleashing its fury. Find out about how the locals prepared themselves, and what they found in the aftermath.

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Designing a school garden

What would you grow in your own school garden? See how the Swan Valley Anglican Community School works with Josh Byrne to design a productive garden from scratch. Josh walks through the barren site explaining how the garden will take shape, what it will contain, and how they will overcome obstacles. Watch how the site is ...

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Trees: a vital part of our lives

Have you ever heard of the 'sausage tree' or the 'dragon blood tree'? Watch this clip to find out about these and many other types of trees. Explore how they grow and why they are important. Presenter Nick Hardcastle will also show you how to plant a tree and grow a bonsai tree.

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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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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 ...

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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?