Link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4807056.htm
summery – lime green
Facts – royal blue
questions – plum
understanding – magenta
This BTN was about Solli a 13 year old slam poet.
Slam poetry is a lot about politics, equality and education and a bit about the environment.
With a poem it has a specific structure and what emotion you use in that structure, whereas slam poetry you can use any topic you like, any structure or any form.
Slam poetry is supposed to be performed out loud not read.
Why should slam poetry not be read? Is there any other other poetry that is as free as slam poetry?
I now understand that poetry doesn’t always have rules or guidelines to follow.
link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4204568.htm
This BTN was about the first people to be in space.
On April 12, 1961. Yuri Gagarin, a Russian cosmonaut flying in the Vostok 1, became the first person to make it into space.
In 1981, the launch of the space shuttle Columbia marked the beginning of reusable space craft. And they helped build this giant structure which can be seen with the naked eye from Earth.
Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first two people to step onto the moon’s surface.
Why would people go into space for tourism? they said it cost a lot of money so why do they let tourists into space?
I now understand that it wasn’t Neil Armstrong to be in space but it was Yuri Gagarin.
link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4305305.htm
This BTN was about NASA conducting an experiment.
NASA is sending six people into a dome on the side of a volcano in Hawaii for an isolation experiment to see how people would cope on mars.
They will be in a 11 meter wide bubble has been built to give them a taste of what life would be like on the red planet. They’ll go for an entire year without fresh air, fresh food or much privacy.
This experiment is mostly focused on how people might cope living together in a small space for a really long time.
How would the people breathe if you are unable to breathe the air? How would they exercise their body?
I now understand how hard it would be to live on mars.
Link to BTN: The Solar System — our home in space-we82e3
This BTN was about comparing earth to other planets
our solar system planets are divided into two categories terrestrial planets which are Mercury, Venus, Earth and Mars and there are the Gas giants Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.
Jupiter is the largest biggest planet in our solar system Jupiter has a big storm called the Great red spot which is three times as large as earth. It has 67 moons orbiting it.
if you changed the planets into percentages the terrestrial planets would cover 1% Jupiter would cover 70% Saturn 20% Uranus 4% and Neptune would cover 5%.
How long till the sun burns up? How big is Pluto compared to earth?
I now understand that earth is tiny compared to the gas giants.
link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s3566674.htm
This video was about NASA’s rover, curiosity and the start of the journey and difficulties they had to undertake.
Mars is the most like Earth of any of the planets in our Solar System. It has an atmosphere, and while it’s covered in desert there are signs that there was once water here.
NASA will use the information that Curiosity finds to help plan future man trips to mars.
Its shields had to survive 1600 degrees as it slammed into Mars’ atmosphere.
How many rovers have they already sent to Mars? How long is curiosity supposed to last?
I now understand how similar Mars is to earth.
This BTN was about families that are put in A fake natural disaster to see how they would react in the case of a flood or a fire.
Don’t head for the roof. Because that’s often what we see on TV during bushfires it isn’t the best idea the Fire Service says it’s actually pretty dangerous. Don’t try to drive through flood water it is a huge mistake that people often make. The water gets into the engine and that makes it shut down then the car could get washed away. They [ Fire Service ] say it’s really important to have a plan and know it well. Everyone in the family should have jobs to do and you should practice them together.
Did the people know that the fire/flood were fake? If not how did they feel?
I now know that even fake natural disasters are still very scary.
link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s4804140.htm
This BTN was about the drought in Cape Town in south Africa.
No city in the world has had to deal with a situation such as the taps running dry. So all the people are relived when they see the rain. Authorities predict taps could be turned off by June 4, and they’re calling that “Day Zero.” People have been allowed just 50 liters a day, since February 1st.
Why has it been so dry in Cape Town? How much rain did they get?
I now understand that we shouldn’t take water for granted.
link to BTN: http://www.abc.net.au/btn/story/s2981988.htm
This BTN was about how long the road to recovery for a country after a natural disaster has hit and just because a disaster hasn’t been on the news for a long time doesn’t mean it has fully resolved itself.
Clean water is needed because it can become contaminated with germs and disease. Food is also on the checklist and things like packaged and canned foods provided, because it’s safer than fresh food as it doesn’t go off. People need shelter because a disaster can destroy lot’s of peoples homes so in the recovery process, people like engineers can be just as vital as medical workers.
Why does the news stop showing the recovery and the disaster after a certain amount? Wouldn’t the countries need builders as well as engineers?
I now understand that the road to recovery after a disaster has struck is a lot longer and more destructive then the actual disaster because they have to find food, shelter and clear water.
link to herald sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/a-huge-rip-in-the-ground-has-scientists-suggesting-africa-is-starting-to-split-in-two/news-story/ef66af3388365dc736c0802db9055dee
This article was about the evidence the African continent will break apart over the next tens of millions of years.
The Great Rift splits Africa into two plates. With what is happening we have established one plate which is the Somali plate is moving away from the other plate at a rate of 2.5cm. In the near future if this happens we shall have the Somali plate separating from the other Nubian plate. Rifts are the initial stage of a continental breakup and, if successful, can lead to the formation of a new ocean basin. The floodwaters created a split stretching several kilometres near the town of Mai Mahiu.
How do floodwaters create splits in the earth? How can the Somali plate separate from the Nubian plate?
I now understand that the plates can separate from the other plates.
link to herald sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/kids-news/people-flee-as-hawaiis-erupting-volcano-destroys-homes/news-story/e1fdc54c016899d68ccca8fb1afad855
This article is about the volcanic eruption in Hawaii.
The lava flew 70m into the air. Lava can reach 115oC. Although no big lava flows have formed yet, smaller outbreaks of lava, are still extremely dangerous.
when was the last eruption in Hawaii? Where did the poisonous sulphur dioxide gases come from.
I now understand that Kilauea is the most active of the five volcanoes on the island and one of the most active volcanoes in the world.