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Episode 13

19th May 2015

uestions for discussion

Revisiting Nepal

  1. Before you watch the Revisiting Nepal story, record what you know about the recent earthquake in Nepal.

  2. Discuss the Revisiting Nepal story with another student. Record the main points of your discussion.

  3. Describe what happened to Ishy when the first earthquake hit Nepal.

  4. Why did Ishy and the kids have to move after the second earthquake hit?

  5. What sorts of things do the people in Nepal need?

  6. How are aid groups helping people affected by the earthquake?

  7. Why is taking care of people’s mental health important?

  8. What are aid workers doing to help kids recover?

  9. What responsibilities does Australia have to help people in other countries affected by disasters?

  10. How did this story make you feel?

Check out the BtN Revisiting Nepal resource on the Teachers page.
If you’re upset by the news, visit the Upsetting News page on the BtN website.

El Niño

  1. Briefly summarise the El Niño story.

  2. What are the two major weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean?

  3. What do La Niña and El Niño mean in Spanish?

  4. Which weather pattern has been affecting Australia since 2010?

  5. Describe the weather when La Niña is about.

  6. How will El Niño change the weather patterns in Australia?
  7. El Niño was partly responsible for the ____________ across Australia during the early 2000s.

  8. What impact did it have on farmers in Australia?

  9. El Niño doesn’t mean we definitely will experience drought. True or false.

  10. What did you learn watching the El Niño story?

Do the El Niño quiz on the BtN website

Battery Breakthrough

  1. What was the main point of the Battery Breakthrough story?

  2. Most of our energy comes from burning...

  3. What are renewable energies? Give an example.

  4. What is the problem with storing solar energy?

  5. What is the solution?

  6. Use words or pictures to describe how batteries work.

  7. What are some problems with the current batteries?

  8. What are the advantages of the new batteries that are charged using electricity generated from solar panels?

  9. Why could the new battery change the way we generate power?

  10. What do you think is the future of renewable energies? Explain your answer.

Hip Hop Influence

  1. Think of three words you associate with hip hop music.

  2. What do the kids in the hip hop story like to rap about?

  3. Why do they like hip hop music?

  4. A recent study found that hip hop...

  5. How did they analyse the songs?

  6. What significant thing happened in 1991?

  7. When did hip hop start?

  8. Name an Australian hip hop band or artist.

  9. Do you like hip hop music? Why or why not?

  10. Do you think hip hop is the most influential music genre in Australia? Explain your answer.

Vote in the Behind the News online poll.

Check out the BtN Hip Hop Influence resource on the Teachers page.

The Cardboard Kid

  1. How did the idea of Caine’s arcade come about?

  2. What was the first game that Caine made?

  3. Describe the arcade he created.

  4. Which famous person visited Caine’s arcade?

  5. How has Caine’s idea inspired other kids around the world?

  6. What are the kids making as part of the Come Out Kids Festival?

  7. What do kids say are the benefits of creating things using cardboard boxes?

  8. What would you create using cardboard boxes? Briefly explain your design using words or drawings.

  9. How is creativity and imagination an important part of the Cardboard Challenge?

  10. What did you like about the Cardboard Kid story?

Find out more about the Global Cardboard Challenge

Episode 13

19th May 2015

eacher Resource


    Students will consider the obligations people may consider they have as active and informed global citizens.

Geography – Year 6

Significant events that connect people and places throughout the world (ACHGK034)

The various connections Australia has with other countries and how these connections change people and places(ACHGK035)

Civics and Citizenship – Year 6

The obligations citizens may consider they have beyond their own national borders as active and informed global citizens (ACHCK039)

Science – Year 6

Sudden geological changes or extreme weather conditions can affect Earth’s surface (ACSSU096)

Scientific understandings, discoveries and inventions are used to solve problems that directly affect peoples’ lives (ACSHE100)
Important contributions to the advancement of science have been made by people from a range of cultures (ACSHE099)

evisiting Nepal

  1. Before you watch the Revisiting Nepal story, record what you know about the recent earthquake in Nepal.

  2. Discuss the Revisiting Nepal story with another student. Record the main points of your discussion.

  3. Describe what happened to Ishy when the first earthquake hit Nepal.

  4. Why did Ishy and the kids have to move after the second earthquake hit?

  5. What sorts of things do the people in Nepal need?

  6. How are aid groups helping people affected by the earthquake?

  7. Why is taking care of people’s mental health important?

  8. What are aid workers doing to help kids recover?

  9. What responsibilities does Australia have to help people in other countries affected by disasters?

  10. How did this story make you feel?

Students will respond to a range of questions before and after watching the BtN Revisiting Nepal story. Teachers will gain insight from students’ responses which can be used to plan follow-up activities.

Before watching the BtN Revisiting Nepal story ask students to discuss the term ‘disaster’. Use the information to develop a class definition of disaster. What are some synonyms for the word `disaster’?
In groups of 3-4, ask students to discuss and record the short and long term needs of people affected by a natural disaster. Include both physical and emotional needs.

After watching the BtN Revisiting Nepal story ask students to respond to the following questions:

  • What did you SEE in this video?

  • What do you THINK about what you saw in this video?

  • What does this video make your WONDER?

  • What did you LEARN from this story?

  • How did this story make you FEEL?

  • What was SURPRISING about this story?

  • How has your THINKING changed since watching this story?

Class discussion

Respond to one or more of the following as a class or in small groups. Record your student’s responses on the class whiteboard.

The earthquakes in Nepal have affected many communities. List the ways different people could be affected.

    • For example, school child, farmer, labourer, transport worker, large business operator.

    • Who would be most affected or most vulnerable?

What kinds of help might people in Nepal need in order to rebuild their lives?

    • Think about immediate needs (short-term) and help in making a long-term recovery (long-term).

    • Help may come from people in the community, healthcare, government or foreign aid.

Brainstorm a list of words that you associate with helping someone to make sure they are safe.

    • For example, caring, protection, support, comfort, friendship, encouragement and understanding.

Brainstorm a list of words that you associate with helping someone that has experienced a natural disaster.

    • For example, resilience, victim, rescuer, community, cooperation, energy, commitment, global, response, attention, act and vulnerable.

    • Use several of these words to write a paragraph about how the global community has helped people affected by the earthquakes in Nepal.

What responsibilities do you have to help others? Discuss in pairs.

    • Refer to the rights of the child, for example children should be protected and kept healthy.

Further Investigation

Students will complete one or more of the following investigations.

  • Write a narrative about the impact of a natural disaster on a community.

  • Design and produce a poster to support aid to communities affected by a natural disaster.

  • From a survivor’s point of view, write a personal reflection about how their life is likely to change as a result of a disaster.

  • Write a series of tweets describing the immediate response after a natural disaster has occurred. Each message should be less than 140 characters.

  • From a rescue or relief worker’s point of view, describe the disaster and their response.

  • How do international aid organisations help people after a natural disaster? Choose an organisation to investigate. How has aid been distributed in Nepal since the earthquakes in 2015?

  • What do you think are the most effective ways of helping people who have been affected by a natural disaster?

Global citizens

Discuss as a class what it means to be a global citizen. Ask students to identify the obligations people may consider they have as global citizens, such as:

  • an awareness of human rights issues,

  • concern for the environment and sustainability, and

  • being active and informed about global issues.

Ask students to think of ways that they can become active and informed about global issues like the recent natural disaster in Nepal.

Students will share what they have learnt about earthquakes with other classes and the broader school community. For example, they could prepare an article for the school newsletter, a speech, a play or a web-based presentation. Students will relate what they have learnt to the recent earthquakes in Nepal. Consider organising a school fundraiser to raise money for the people in Nepal.

Send a message of support via the comments page on the BtN story page, as a class or individually.

Behind the News – Nepal Earthquake

CBBC Newsround – Nepal hit by second big earthquake

UN News Centre - As powerful new quake hits Nepal, UN races to deliver aid to those affected

Behind the News – Upsetting News: we have some tips that might help.


Episode 13

19th May 2015

eacher Resource


    Students will explore how hip hop music has influenced different cultures around the world. Students will identify an issue that is important to them and experiment with rhyme and rhythm to create their own rap lyrics.

Music – Years 5 & 6

Explain how the elements of music communicate meaning by comparing music from different social, cultural and historical contexts, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music (ACAMUR091)

Dance – Years 7 & 8

Practise and refine technical skills in style-specific techniques (ACADAM015)

Rehearse and perform focusing on expressive skills appropriate to style and/or choreographic intent (ACADAM017)
ip Hop Influence

  1. Think of three words you associate with hip hop music.

  2. What do the kids in the hip hop story like to rap about?

  3. Why do they like hip hop music?

  4. A recent study found that hip hop...

  5. How did they analyse the songs?

  6. What significant thing happened in 1991?

  7. When did hip hop start?

  8. Name an Australian hip hop band or artist.

  9. Do you like hip hop music? Why or why not?

  10. Do you think hip hop is the most influential music genre in Australia? Explain your answer.

Run a class poll. Do you think hip hop is the most influential music genre in Australia? Why or why not?

Head to the BtN website to place your vote.
After watching the BtN Hip Hop story ask students to respond to the following questions:

  • What did you SEE in this video?

  • What do you THINK about what you saw in this video?
  • What does this video make your WONDER?

After watching the BtN Hip Hop story, working in pairs, ask students to discuss and record what they already know about hip hop music.

Below are some discussion starters:

  • What is hip hop? Think of words that you would use to describe hip hop.

  • Do you enjoy hip hop music? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think hip hop has become one of the most influential music genres in Australia?

  • How would you describe hip hop music to someone who has never heard it before?

What questions were raised in the discussion (what are the gaps in their knowledge)? The following K-W-L-H organiser provides students with a framework to explore their prior knowledge on this topic and consider what they would like to learn.

What do I know?

What do I want to know?

What have I learnt?

How will I find out?

Students can investigate their own questions or some of the following:

  • When and where did hip hop music originate?

  • What are the elements of hip hop culture?
  • Find out more about the elements of hip hop – beat boxing, MCing or rapping and break dancing.

  • What are some of the similarities and differences between Australian hip hop and American hip hop?

  • Why is identity and expression important in hip hop music?

  • How is hip hop similar to poetry?

  • What are the stylistic differences in hip hop performances from different countries including Australia, Asia, Europe and the USA?

Many artists use rap to express their views about issues that concern them. Choose a topic that you are concerned about and write your own rap lyrics. Think about the feelings and ideas that you would like to convey through your lyrics.

  1. Choose a topic that is important to you.

  2. Brainstorm a list of ideas, words and phrases that are associated with this topic.

  3. Write your rap. Consider including a chorus and 2-3 verses. Writing a rap requires you to try different combinations of words and rhymes until you come up with something that sounds good. Try choosing words based on how they sound as well as their meanings.

  4. Practise your rap and consider performing your rap in front of the class.

  5. Reflect on this activity by responding to the following questions. What did you like about this activity? What did you find challenging?

Brainstorm a list of different music styles. Ask students to describe each music style in their own words. Students will swap their definitions with one another and compare.

  • Hip Hop

  • Jazz

  • Pop

  • Punk

  • Folk

  • Classical

  • Rock

  • Latin
  • Electronic

  • Indie Rock

Students will choose a music style and respond to one or more of the following questions:

  • What do you like about this music style and why?

  • When are where did this music style originate?

  • What is the cultural context in which this music originated?

BBC – Pop music marked by three revolutions in 50 years

Behind the News – Hip Hop Stories

Behind the News – Hip Hop Dance
Behind the News – Beat Box

BtN: Episode 13 Transcript 19/05/15

Coming up:

  • Weather forecasters predict more droughts ahead. We find out how they can tell.

  • Learn how hip hop became the most influential type of music in history.

  • And meet the kid who made his own arcade out of cardboard.

Hi I'm Nathan and this is BtN. Those stories are coming up soon but first.

Revisiting Nepal

Reporter: Amelia Moseley

INTRO: To Nepal, where another major earthquake has hit just three weeks after the last big shock that killed thousands of people and destroyed big parts of the country. Amelia checks in to find out how the Nepalese kids are doing what aid is needed most.

AMELIA MOSELEY, REPORTING: Imagine surviving a massive earthquake that devastated your country. Then just when you're trying to rebuild, you have to go through it all again.

The first magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck here in Nepal, near the capital city of Kathmandu. Ishy was working as a mentor to more than 50 orphan kids when the ground started shaking.

ISHY: All the children they were inside the orphanage building and when the earthquake hit, all the children they started screaming and they started crying.

He rescued all the kids and took them out to safety, but the orphanage and school next door were badly damaged, leaving them homeless.

Then less than three weeks later, another quake hit. This one hit here near the base camp of Mt Everest; the highest mountain on earth. It was a 7.3 magnitude, so it wasn't quite as strong as the first, but the shock still caused massive landslides, brought down already damaged buildings, and killed more than 90 people. It left the orphanage and school on the edge of collapsing.

ISHY: You can see it’s getting more weaker and weaker. It's really a danger to use this building.

Ishy and the kids have had to move further away in case of landslides.

ISHY: OK so this is where we have set up the tents after the second earthquake.

And they’re making do with what little they have. Food and water is slowly being given to many of those in need, but they need lots of other things too. One of the most important is shelter. So many people are homeless and can't go back into damaged buildings in case more aftershocks come. So lots of buildings are un-usable, even if they're still standing. And with Nepal's season of heavy rain and winds on its way, things like tents, tarpaulins, and sleeping bags can be life-savers.

Then there's healthcare. A lot of Nepal's hospitals and clinics were damaged or destroyed in the quakes, and with many people stuck in remote areas or living in tents, or on the streets - aid groups are worried sicknesses are going to spread quickly. So they're bringing in medicine and special hygiene kits to stop diseases before they start.

Taking care of people's mental health is also really important, especially for kids who've been through a lot like Kareena and Kajin.

KAREENA: My mother was not with me and I am scared about my mother.

KAJIN: I am scared about my sister and my grandmother.

Their homes and schools were badly damaged, and they won't go back in.

KAJIN: Because I am very afraid.

Here in the city of Bharatpur, aid workers have made a special space for kids to hang out in.

KAREENA: We talk something about the earthquake and we will do painting, crafting.

So far, Australia and other countries have put millions of dollars towards getting Nepal back on its feet, but people still have a long way to go.

ISHY: You can see our boys working here making one semi-permanent house for the orphanage.

They'll need a lot more help along the way to rebuild the lives this disaster has torn down.

KAREENA: We will make a house and we'll go back to our house.

The Wire

To the headlines now and last week the Federal Government released its 2015 budget. Last year's was criticised as being unfair, but Treasurer Joe Hockey made this one very different. There were some cuts but there was also lots of extra money for parents who need to put their kids in childcare and for small businesses.

More money was put aside for medical research and to help kids with disabilities in school. But some people say the government hasn't done enough to save money and reduce Australia's budget deficit.

The Cancer Council's worried that kids are being encouraged to smoke e-cigarettes, after they found lots of shops are selling them on counters next to lollies and chocolates. The health group says e-cigarettes have got potentially dangerous chemicals in them and it's calling on governments to tighten up rules about how they're sold.

Johnny Depp's dogs, Pistol and Boo, have returned to America after being threatened with the death penalty here in Australia. The situation all came about after Johnny Depp brought them in on his private jet without telling authorities or having them put through quarantine. That's against the law here and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said it could spread diseases to Australian animals.

So he gave Depp 72 hours to send Pistol and Boo back home which he did.

And celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has started a campaign to try to get countries around the world to teach food education in schools. It's called Food Revolution Day and he reckons it'll help fight obesity and diet-related diseases. Oliver says 42 million kids under the age of five are overweight or obese. So he's started a petition with support from people like Ed Sheeran.

Droughts Coming

Reporter: Carl Smith

INTRO: The Bureau of Meteorology's just announced that Australia has now moved into a El Niño weather pattern. That's big news because it means we're more likely to see droughts over the coming years. Carl explains why.

CARL SMITH, REPORTING: It's an age old rivalry. The reigning champion La Niña, or 'the little girl' in Spanish. Verses El Niño, or 'the little boy'. It's an epic struggle. But while El Niño and La Niña fight it out in the playground, weather patterns with the same names are battling it out on a much larger scale: over the Pacific Ocean.

And the victor doesn't just get control of a schoolyard, they get to control Australia's weather. Wind and pockets of hot air are constantly travelling around the world changing the weather as they go. But occasionally big patterns form, and they can shape things like rainfall, cloud cover, and storms for years.

In the Pacific Ocean we call the two major weather patterns La Niña and El Niño. And since 2010 La Niña has been in charge of our weather. When La Niña's about, the winds blowing from the east across the Pacific Ocean are stronger.

More warm water and moist air ends up near Australia leaving a big cold blue patch in the middle of the Pacific. But warmer oceans and moist air mean more rain and more cyclones along our east coast.

During the La Niña weather pattern of the past five years, many farmers were happy to have some extra rain. But on the other hand, we also saw some pretty terrible storms, cyclones, and floods across parts of Australia.

But now the Pacific is changing again. Surface water temperatures have shifted. And that's tipping conditions closer and closer towards El Niño. So how will this new kid in town change the weather for us?

Well during El Niño the winds blowing east aren't so strong, so the warm water doesn't get as close to Australia. That means less moist air near us which usually means fewer storms and less rain.

El Niño was partly responsible for the massive drought all across Australia during the early 2000s.

CHLOE (2006): Well this here used to all be under water when I was about 7 and now it’s all dried up.

It was the worst on record and it hurt farmers a lot. Many people were worried even big cities could run out of water. Everyone back then had to cut back how much water they used at home for things like washing cars or showering.

ELOISE, STUDENT (2007): I too have been a little bit not so good with the showers but out here I've been trying to be good out here so I have been going by our legal limit.

Now that El Niño has returned many are worried we could slip back into those devastating drought conditions. El Niño doesn't mean we definitely will experience drought though, just like La Niña doesn't mean it will always rain. They're just trends that'll make rain more or less likely.

Dr Andrew Watkins, Bureau of Meteorology: About two thirds of El Niños result in drought , one third though we get away with averaged conditions.

So even though we know a little boy El Niño will rule the Pacific Ocean again this year, this shift may not be something worth celebrating.

Presenter: Of course, it's worth remembering that some areas of Australia have been in drought for the last few years despite El Niño conditions only just being declared, so weather patterns don't mean everything.

Quiz 1

Okay let's go to today's first quiz.

The weather bureau uses a special index to measure El Niño and La Niña weather patterns. What is it called?

The Southern Rainfall Index

The Southern Oscillation Index

or the Southern Hot Water Index

The answer is The Southern Oscillation Index

Battery Breakthrough

Reporter: Carl Smith

INTRO: Now. According to energy experts some new batteries could be the key to unlocking the potential of renewable energy sources like solar and wind. But how could batteries make such a big difference? Carl's here to answer that question and many more.

CARL SMITH, REPORTING: The story of household power all starts with this: coal. Most of our energy comes from burning it or other fossil fuels. But we lose 70 per-cent of that power as heat and then we lose even more transporting it along electricity lines.

On top of that we know fossil fuels like coal release gases which are changing our climate. But we do have alternatives though and we know they work. So why haven't we switched over to things like solar and wind renewable energy?

Well there is one big problem: reliability. You see we can burn coal to generate electricity whenever we want. But with green, renewable options like these, what happens when the wind stops blowing? Or if we need some extra energy at night?

Well the lights go out. That's because we haven't found a good way to store that energy in our homes. But there is a solution, and it sounds pretty low tech: batteries.

Batteries can be filled up with power that we can use whenever we like. So it doesn't matter if there's not enough wind or sun around, because we'd have enough stored away to keep everything running.

REPORTER: But even though they look pretty basic, they're actually really complex.

The energy inside most batteries comes from special chemicals. When these chemicals are broken apart they release electrons, and a flow of electrons is what we call electricity. But a battery can only release so much electricity before it runs dry.

To recharge one you need to pump some more energy back in to alter those chemicals again. To do that, you need a power source like coal, wind or solar energy.

Unfortunately our current batteries aren't that great. They don't last long, they don't work very well, they're pretty ugly, and they're super expensive. So they weren't good enough to let our homes run entirely on renewable energy.

That was until this thing came along. Some analysts say this new device could revolutionise how we power our lives. They're basically a battery pack that can sit on your wall, or stack up as a unit, and they're really powerful.

In a home with solar panels they could be easily charged up through the day to keep the house running through the night. They're cheap, they're small, and they're efficient.

ELON MUSK, TESLA CEO: This entire night has been powered by batteries. The batteries were charged by the solar panels on the roof of this building. So this entire night, everything you're experiencing, is stored sunlight.

But this is just one of a new wave of batteries scientists are developing that could change the way we generate power forever. Soon homes, businesses, and schools could power themselves all day every day with clean, green options. So energy might not have to be transported hundreds of kilometres and coal might not have to be burnt. That's a big plus for the environment and for all of us living in it.

Quiz 2

Okay, let's test you on batteries now.

What are the positive and negative parts of a battery called?




The Answer: Terminals

Hip Hop Influence

Reporter: Amelia Moseley

INTRO: Okay, now we've all got very different musical tastes but have you ever wondered which music genre has had the biggest influence on the charts today? Well some scientists have discovered that, in the US at least, hip hop comes out on top. Amelia visited some young hip hop fans to work out why.

AMELIA MOSELEY, REPORTING: Whether you love it, or you hate it, there's no denying hip hop is a popular style of music.

STEPH RHAPSODY: So I like everything about hip hop pretty much.

YOUNG DJH: I was like 8, 9 years old when I started dancing then 10 years old I started listening to a little bit of hip hop music.

These guys are big fans. So much so, they've learnt to spit lyrics, bust a rhyme, throw down flow? Ah, you know what I mean.

Here at Northern Sound System, kids can take part in special hip hop courses, hold gigs and there's even this recording studio.

YOUNG DJH: The first time I performed was in year seven at my school.

Obey: I like to rap about school. I like to rap about going out with mates.

For these guys, it's more than a bit of fun.

YOUNG DJH: I love expressing myself in rapping, that's the whole point of writing music.

Obey: I would go out and I would do a lot of things that I shouldn't do and hip hop was one of the reasons that I didn't do them things.

So hip hop has had a big effect on them but they aren't the only ones. A new study has found that hip hop has had more influence on popular music than any other style that came before it.

Researchers in England recently took 30 second snippets from around 17,000 songs that made it onto the US charts from the 1960s to 2010. They then used computer programs to analyse the songs and look for when the biggest changes happened.

Over the years, there have been heaps of musical shifts. One of the biggest ones a lot of people think of is the rock revolution of the 1960s, when groups like the Beatles became super popular. But researchers say these guys were actually following existing trends, instead of really making up their own sound.

They reckon the biggest change happened in 1991, when hip hop hit the big time. But hip hop actually started way before that, in the 70s and early 80s when DJs started experimenting with old records and mixing things up. Then people started rapping to the beats they created and a whole new genre was born.

Researchers reckon hip hop was so influential because it was so different to anything else. And now, if you listen closely, you can still hear its influence in heaps of pop music. Australia even has its own unique hip hop style.

Ok so not everyone reckons you can use science and maths to judge something as personal as music taste, but there's no doubt hip hop's had an influence on a lot of people. And believe me creating hip hop music is harder than it looks.

Reporter: Do you reckon you could just freestyle about hip hop school?

Oh ok that was a lot better than mine. That was a lot better. Alright, I'm gonna work on it.

Online Poll

So that's the American side of things but what about back here in Australia? It's poll time.

Do you think hip hop is the most influential music genre in Australia?

Head to our website to place your vote.

Last week we asked you if all kids should have to learn chess at school. And it was a pretty easy win for the yes camp! Thanks for casting your vote.

The Score

Okay, It's time for sport now. Enjoy.

Melbourne Victory have won their 3rd A-league crown after thrashing Sydney FC 3-nil in yesterday's Grand Final. Besart Berisha scored a thunderbolt in the first half as Victory coasted to their first title in six years! But FFA chairman Frank Lowy had a few people worried when he took a tumble during the trophy ceremony.

It was a nasty fall but the 84 year old was okay and still got to present the best on ground medal to Victory captain Mark Milligan.

For the first time, a team of rugby players in Sydney will wear bio sensors behind their ears when they play. The sensors will measure how hard their heads are hit during the game. Experts are hoping this new technology will help protect players from serious head injuries. It's become a really serious problem. Two rugby players in New South Wales recently died from head injuries they received whilst playing.

And there was some serious stunt plane action on the weekend as Japan hosted an extreme Air Race for the first time. Some of the world's best pilots went head to head to see who could finish the obstacle course the fastest. And for the second race in a row Britain's Paul Bonhomme got the better of Aussie Matt Hall to take the top prize.

Cardboard Kids

Reporter: Eloise Fuss

INTRO: Finally today, kids are often said to have brilliant imaginations. But one kid in the US has taken imagination to a new level by creating a working arcade all out of cardboard. The project was so popular a documentary was made about his efforts. And now, some local Australian kids are recreating the magic too. Eloise has more.

ELOISE FUSS, REPORTING: One summer in the US, Caine was hanging out at his Dad's work during holidays, and he was kind of bored. Until, he found a room full of cardboard boxes and decided to use one to make an arcade game.

CAINE: The first game I made was a basketball hoop I got at Shady's pizza, it was really cool.

And then he had more ideas.

CAINE: My next game I built was a soccer game, first of all I didn’t have no goalies, people said it was too easy, so I bought army goalies as blockers, I thought is it easy now?

He ended up creating a whole arcade. At first no one came to play. But eventually, one guy tried it out.

CAINE: Like a real arcade game, tickets come from the bottom.

NIRVAN: I was like, this kid's a genius.

Soon crowds of people arrived to play, and Caine's Arcade got pretty famous.

Since then a group called the Imagination Foundation has been set up, to help get other kids get involved in Caine's idea.

And now Caine's Cardboard Challenge has spread around the world. South African students made buildings and cars. Kids in Missouri made costumes. And in places like Tokyo, Los Angeles, Sri Lanka, and Chicago, kids have all had a go too.

Now, it's Australia's turn.

Using just ideas, recycled materials and some simple tools, these kids are creating an abandoned city for the Come Out Kids Festival in South Australia.

KID 1: This is my hotel I'm making, but right now I'm just putting on some plants on the front here.

KID 2: When you pull this rope, it'll come up with moss under it.

KID 3: Last night I was thinking in bed, oh what can I make for today, and I thought I'd help the boys make a big bank.

They say that using your imagination and your hands to make stuff is something they'd like to do more often.

KID 1: At times I do like to go on the Xbox or the TV, but sometimes it's just fun to do something that's different. I'd never think I'd make a cardboard box, I used to do that when I was younger but it turns out it's great fun.

KID 4: You get to interact with people to share ideas and each other's imagination.

ELOISE: So what's more fun, making a cardboard castle or playing a video game?

KID 2 and 5: Making a castle, it's real and it's social and it's fun with a video game you have limits of what you can do, making stuff out of cardboard you could make anything.

So next time you're bored why not grab some cardboard and sticky tape and get creating. As you can see the possibilities are endless.


That’s it for this week. See you next time!

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