June 1

B.T.N Coding School

this B.T.N  was about how a school called Aberfoyle Park High School are getting coding lessons twice a week every week and have been really improving. they code on tablets using a coding language called python using an app called pythonista. they need the work in teams to create a game that is not only creative but also challenging and having a reason. 

so far this school has gotten seven registered games on the app store to get anyone around the world can play. now it is the first school in the world to be registered as a developer under it’s own name. 

the teachers in this school are hoping that these coding lessons will help their students in the future when technology will be way ahead of its time and they will be professional coders.

why is coding so confusing  ?

i understand that coding is a big part of the world and that every kid should learn more about it 

personally i think that this is a great idea and that every school should have coding lessons. i think that schools should have the opportunity to do coding if that is there taste.

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May 28

B.T.N

For thousands of years humans have been gazing into space and looking at stars wondering if there is life out there.  But we don’t have the technology to do that. So we send messages into space to let them now that we are here. The first message was sent to space in 1962 to Venus. We still haven’t gotten a response from that. Then in 1974 scientists in america used 2 different radio frequencies to transmit a code from the Arecibo radio telescope in Puerto Rico. This message will take approximately 25,000 years to get to its destination, and then if an alien does receive it, it would take another 25,000 years to get back to Earth. 

That hasn’t stopped us from trying different ways to send messages. A golden disc was sent out to space. It contains whale noises and greeting in 55 different languages. There has also been a chip commercial and a Beatles song sent into space.

Why don’t we know that there are Aliens? 

How would the Aliens receive messages?

I understand that they send messages in different frequencies.

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May 20

B.T.N Housing Affordability

Houses are one of the most expensive things that you will ever buy in your life. Unfortunately houses are getting even more expensive that’s why a lot of Australians are getting worried because Melbourne and Sydney are one of the most un-affordable places to live in. The average house today is 656,800 dollars. Most people can’t afford that much so what they do is they borrow money from their bank but that comes with a consequence you have to  pay them back after plus Intrest which is extra money they charged you on top of that money you borrowed. So technically you lost money.

On average humans earn 10 times more money then they did 40 years ago but housing is 30 times more expensive. That means that compared to when your grandparents got a house, houses are more expensive to buy and harder to pay off. Australia is not the only country struggling with expensive houses but people there are finding creative ways to live. Like in a canal boats and an old shipping container. So Australia is still worse then America, Canada, Britain and most of Europe when it comes to housing affordability.

The government have realized this and have been trying to sort things out. They trying to make it easier for first home buyers to save money, making it harder for people over seas to get a  house so that Australians can get homes easier and trying to get older people so sell their homes and get smaller homes . 

I understand that getting an affordable house is very hard to do.

I wonder if renting a house would be a good solution ?

I wonder if over seas people will get angry ?

I personally think that this new budget thing that the government planned is stupid because most people in Australia come from other countries and they should be able to buy a house. Also if older people want to live in a bigger house they shouldn’t be forced to live in a smaller house.

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May 14

B.T.N letter in bottle

Imagine walking along the beach 1 day and finding a bottle with a message in side. Well that is exactly what happened to Tristan. When he got home he read the letter and straight away contacted the girl that wrote the letter.

The girl was called Sadie and she wrote the letter when she was on SEA semester. she wrote her contacts in the letter so that who ever found it could contact her.

Sadie isn’t the first person to have sent a letter in a bottle and it was found. The oldest message in a bottle was found on a German beach after 108 years of floating at sea. Experts say that you shouldn’t or be very careful about putting bottles in the water because it is very dangerous.

I wonder why why the current always changes and makes bottles in water sometimes come in years an sometimes months?

I understand that some bottles can actually be rubbish like plastic bottles and that sometimes the glass bottles can brake and be harm to marine life. 

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May 4

B.T.N Why Do We Sleep

we spend 1/3 of our life sleeping. but have you ever wondered what happens why we sleep. Somethings you might already know is that sleeping is just as important as eating and drinking. In fact if you don’t sleep for a long time you can get seizures and die from exhaustion. Studies show that if you don’t get enough sleep then you will struggle to learn more information the next day.

When we’re asleep we are almost completely unaware of our surroundings. That isn’t a BIG problem now because we have protection but a long time it was. Even animals are more likely to be attacked when they are asleep. Some animals have learnt to sleep with 1 half of their brains at a time. Such as dolphins. That means that they can still swim, come up for air and fully wake up if they sense that they are in danger. But  we are not dolphins. I understand that humans are really smart but we still haven’t gotten to the level of dolphins.  

Scientists believe that the ACTUAL reason we sleep is so that our brain can rest during the night. 1 part of the brain that they believe needs resting is the pre-frontal cortex which pretty much is your thinking and is the head of the brain. Scientists also think that during the night our brain is flushing out memories that we don’t need. keeping the memories that we do need like stuff we learnt at school and leaving space for the day after so that we can learn new things.

i wonder why scientists haven’t found out why we sleep even if we have extremely good technology?

will scientists ever find out the real reason of why we sleep?

I personally think that sleeping is fun and is just for resting our muscles and brain after  long day and just relaxing

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April 30

B.T.N Cyclone Debbie

Cyclone Debbie was a tragic tropical cyclone in north Queensland. With lots of rain and wind. days before the cyclone people were warned that cyclone Debbie would strike. most people evacuated but those who dare to stay had to stock up on water and batteries. they had to put masking tape on their windows so that the they wouldn’t break. and sand bagged their houses to make sure no wind would come in to save buildings and business. cyclone Debbie was horrible but the after math was even worse.

Queenslanders all had to get out and help clean up even children had to, too. but the powerful winds made all the power go off and that made it even harder. people couldn’t get fresh water and some filled their bath tubs with fresh water so that they could use that for the days that they wouldn’t have water.loads of trees fell down and some even fell on houses which caused a big problem.  

why do cyclones only happen in the Northern part of Australia?

I understand that cyclones are a big threat that can affect many people.

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March 28

B.T.N Anh Do

Anh Do is a famous comedian. But he wasn’t always happy. When he was little he lived in Vietnam and whilst he was there, there was a war. his family which was his mum, dad , brother and him got on a boat and were at sea for 5. when he was at sea a pirate ship invaded their ship. one pirate was holding a baby and threatened to drop him into the water but they didn’t and they eventually left the ship. that baby was Anh Do’s brother. after tat a German ship came  and rescued them. when the finally came to Australia they were welcomed very nicely and were given clothe. except there was a mix up in the clothes and they got 1 bag of girl clothes and 1 bag pf boy clothes. his brother wore the girl clothes. even if he had to wear girl clothes their mother told them to be grateful that they are in Australia now and not to complain. a question i have is why did the pirates invade the ship and threaten to drop the baby? i now understand even if you are unfortunate if you have a positive attitude then you can get anywhere?

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March 22

B.T.N Federation Explained

Australia is a very unique country but it could have been a very different country. Like in 1642 a Dutch explorer Ayden Tasman discovered Tasmania so if stuck around we would have been speaking Dutch right now.

What we now call Australia wasn’t claimed until 1770 when cook claimed a big chunk for Great Britain. But it wasn’t Australia until a lot later. First the British set up colonies and by the 1850’s there were there were 6 colonies. Great Britain was the big boss of all of them. even if the colonies shared the same continent the still had their own defence forces and their own railway system. Actually back then you couldn’t even go from Victoria to Brisbane because the railway tracks were different.

After some time, the colonies decide that they wanted to join together to make 1 whole country. It would easier to control army that way and if they had the same track it would be easier to travel. The only problem was that the bigger colonies (new south wales and Victoria) were worried that they would have to supply for the smaller colonies but the smaller colonies were worried that the bigger colonies would start pushing them around. So the bigger colonies made a rule that each colony would have the same amount of senators to make it fair.

Then something extraordinary happened on the 9th of July 1900 Great Britain agreed to let the colonies go. on the 1 on January federation happened. But the Australia capital territory and the Northern territory were only added until later on. I understand that Australia had a hard time connecting together and making a country but then I also feel for the aboriginals because they weren’t a loud to vote in federation until 1962. why were the aboriginals only a loud to vote in federation until 1962?

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March 14

game reflection

This game was about the gold rush and how different people adapted to it.

I played with 2 different people to see how their lifestyle them. The first person I did was the British miner and the second person I did was the Chinese miner. The first thing I noticed was that the Chinese had a way harder life then the British. The Chinese were poor and had to go through multiple tasks to become a miner in Australia where with the British they didn’t have to through that much work to become a miner in Australia. When they actually got to the gold mine the Chinese got teased a lot about their race whereas the British fitted in nicely. I think this very un-fair that the Chinese are getting teased about how they look and how they speak. Now at the end of each game each person gets an amount of points which determines how they went in the game. The British miner got 200 points and the Chinese got 170 points. think that because the Chinese man was bullied and teased he didn’t get that far in life because he probably had low self-esteem. Whereas the British man did get far in life because he and everything well. Why did the people find it necessary to bully the Chinese man? Did it make them feel good?

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December 8

space reflection

do you ever look at pictures of the Earth and moon on google images they are really close to each other. when in actual fact if you get a moon a size of 1 mm by 1 mm and an earth the size of a marble then they would have to be 1 m away to actually line up with the scale . it is the same thing with the solar system . the images look  so close to each other an it is not up to scale. if you put the orbits of the planets up to scale on a piece of paper then the planets would be microscopic. here is actually not an image that shows you accurately what it is like from up there in  space. the only way to see a scale model of the solar system is too build 1. to build an accurate scale of the solar system you need 7 miles (11.2 km) of land and the earth a size of a marble. the sun will be 1.5 m y 1.5 m. mercury would be smaller then a marble and 68 m away from the sun. Venus is the same size as the Earth and 120 m away from the sun . the Earth is the size of a marble and 176 m away from the sun .mars is smaller than Earth and is 269 m away from the sun. Jupiter is the biggest planet in our solar system an dis 920 m away from the sun. Saturn is a planet with a ring around it and is 1.7 km from the sun. Uranus is a planet that is the 3 rd largest planet in our solar system and it is 3.4 km away from the sun. Neptune is the coldest planet in our solar system and it is 5.6 km away from the sun. how to tell that your model is correct is to hold up the model sun, go to the Earths orbit and it should match the size of the re sun from the Earths perspective. i understand that only 24 human species in the Earths entire history have sen the full circle of the Earth. why is Earth the only planet hat has life on it in our solar system.