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July 23 – HAPPY 25TH, ED!
To celebrate this momentous occasion we look at birthday celebrations and how some of today’s popular traditions began.
July 30 – COOL CATS
We leap into the fascinating world of felines.
August 6 – CYBER SCHOOL
We all use it, but what is the internet and how, when and why was it invented?
August 13 – VEGANISM
ED! strips away the sensationalism and explores veganism – what being a vegan means, why people choose to be one, and the environmental and dietary impacts.
August 20 – A NOVEL APPROACH
It’s Book Week, and to celebrate ED! uncovers the world of graphic novels and comics, such as this term’s Serial Story Brobot. Find out about fandom, collectibles and the cinematic worlds that grow from these amazing picture stories.
August 27 – DESIGN AN AD
We showcase the talents of WA students who created winning advertisements in our annual Design an Ad competition.
September 3 – INSECTS
ED! discovers the world of six-legged critters. They’re all around us, and without them ecosystems would collapse. Why is a spider not an insect?
September 10 – COLOUR UNCOVERED
How do we see different hues and do we all see them the same?
September 17 – A-MAZE-ing
People usually try to get out of them, but this week we head into the marvellous world of mazes.
September 24 – SCREENS AWAY, COME AND PLAY
Does screen time kill creativity? What are the advantages of different types of play, such as connecting with nature?
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April 30 – REPUBLIC OF THE SUDAN
An overview of Sudan, the East African country where ED!’s Term 2 serial story, Swimming on the Lawn by Yasmin Hamid, is set, and an interview with the author.
May 7 – RESCUE TRAINING AND TECHNOLOGY
We investigate the latest science and technology behind today’s rescue operations and chat to some experts in the field.
May 14 – OUR ISLAND ANIMALS
ED! visits Rottnest, Carnac and Penguin Islands where each has unique wildlife despite being joined to each other and the mainland just 7000 years ago.
May 21 – INVENTOR EXTRAORDINAIRE
A snapshot of Leonardo de Vinci’s life and incredible achievements on the 500th anniversary of his death.
May 28 – OUR STATE, OUR DAY
Reflect on the origins of WA Day and the many reasons to celebrate who and what we are today.
June 4 – MIGHTY MONARCHS
Royals rule, literally, but is being a princess all it’s cracked up to be? Find out about real-life royals as well as your fairy-tale favourites.
June 11 – VACCINES
Get the facts on vaccines, and find out why ‘herd immunity’ matters.
June 18 – THE TRUTH ABOUT SHARKS
Are sharks the ‘monsters’ of the sea, or simply misunderstood? ED! chats to a shark expert to learn more about these marine animals.
June 25 – SOCCER REIGNS SUPREME
To coincide with English soccer club Manchester United’s visit to Perth, we explore some of the history, rules and great players of the world’s most popular sport.
July 2 – SPACE ACES
ED! revisits the Apollo 11 landing on the Moon and highlights some of the most recent space exploration.
February 5 – FESTIVAL FUN
Discover what’s on for families at Perth Fringe Festival and Perth Festival, and what kids have been doing through the Perth Festival Education & Creative Learning Program.
February 12 – GIRL POWER
What was the suffragette movement? We explore one of the themes of the Term 1 ED! serial story, In the Lamplight by Dianne Wolfer, and how far the quest for gender equality has come.
February 19 – WEIRD STUFF PEOPLE EAT
Whether it’s a snail, a crunchy grasshopper or a deep-fried tarantula, one culture’s gourmet delight is another’s culinary nightmare.
February 26 – UNCONTACTED TRIBES
Are there still tribal groups in remote parts of the world that have never had contact with mainstream society, and if so, should we leave them alone?
March 5 – PARENTING ANIMAL-STYLE
The roles mums and dads play in the animal kingdom vary among species, from both parents dying shortly after mating to either one or both nurturing their young.
March 12 – AUTISM
What is Autism Spectrum Disorder and how can we help kids with ASD to lead happy and fulfilling lives?
March 19 – RIVERS OF ICE
We explore how glaciers form, the different types, how they flow, the effect of global warming and other interesting facts.
March 26 – TOP HARVEST
Learn about WA’s biggest agricultural industry, grains. Which are grown here, where are they imported to and how do they become food we eat?
April 2 – GUARDIANS OF THE ENVIRONMENT
We chat to students who, through a range of fantastic initiatives, are reducing waste in their schools and broader communities.
April 9 – SCENIC SYDNEY
The capital of New South Wales boasts a fascinating history, spectacular sights and loads of awesome activities for families.
October 9 – A DIFFERENT FLAG?
Discover the early journeys of French explorers who left their mark on WA. Could we really have become a French territory?
October 16 – TREES
Australia’s unique trees are found nowhere else in the world. Find out about why trees matter, and how the support the lives of many species.
October 23 – JUNIOR JOURNO
We announce the winners of our Junior Journo competition, with ED!’s regular columns and double-page topic written by kids!
October 30 – FRANKENSTEIN
As we approach Halloween, ED! looks at the Frankenstein and its place in popular culture – which has grown from a book written by a woman in the 1800s!
November 6 – 100 YEARS
In the lead up to Remembrance Day, ED! commemorates the 100th anniversary of the signing of the armistice which ended World War I.
November 13 – CHEVRON FOCUS ENVIRONMENT COMPETITION
Find out who has won this year’s photographic competition showcasing photographs of WA biodiversity.
November 20 – THIS LITTLE PIGGY…
From the smallest and cutest, to the most famous, ED! explores everything you didn’t already know about pigs!
November 27 – GET CRAFTY
Check out ED!’s ideas for Christmas crafts that can be made at home or at school.
December 4 – THE ROTTO LIFE
ED! puts a spotlight on Perth’s favourite ‘overseas’ destination.
December 11 – GET WET
Get ready for summer as ED! takes a look at ways that you can have fun – and stay safe – in, on or around the water, including kayaking, swimming and surfing.