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Title Scope: Balance
Published Australia : TEN, 2011
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Summary Sometimes life can be a bit of a balancing act, but do we really understand the science behind what keeps us upright and walking around? In this episode of Scope, we walk the science tightrope to look at the balance behind sport, modern machinery, and even boys and girls!BALANCE 101 A good sense of balance is essential to our everyday life, and in this 101 Julia puts Dr. Rob in a spin as they investigate what balance is, and how humans actually do it.Circus BalanceWhere can you go to watch people perform on stilts, the trapeze, and rolling globes? As Dan from Cirkidz shows us, you can see it all at the circus - but only thanks to a lot of practise, and a great understanding of balance.CLASS EXPERIMENTCompetitions between boys and girls have taken place for centuries. With this experiment Dr. Rob and Julia attempt to finally discover who is better - better at balancing that is - by testing the balancing skills of Milton State School's year 7's.BALANCE TRAININGTo be a top athlete requires dedication, commitment, and of course good balance. In this story Angela McCombe, a biomechanist from SASI, talks us through a range of ways we can improve our balance through training.INDUSTRIAL BALANCEIt's not just humans that require a good sense of balance. Industrial machinery, used in manufacturing and mining, needs balance to operate efficiently and safely, as Jeff Leahy from Precision Balancing explains. UNDER THE SCOPE: DIVING BALANCEFor divers like Sam Mills from SASI, balance can mean the difference between a good dive and a great dive! Luckily, as she demonstrates, Sam seems to have a pretty good idea of what balance it takes to impress the judges.SELF-BALANCING UNICYCLEWouldn't it be great if we had something to do the balancing for us? Well Rhys Madagin and the team from University of Adelaide have been working on just that, with their Self-Balancing Unicycle.So don't get too giddy, keep your balance and join Dr Rob as he once again proves that the ordinary really does become extraordinary; under the SCOPE!
Event Broadcast 2011-03-26 at 09:00:00
Notes Classification: G
Subject Balancing of machinery.
Circus performers.
Equilibrium (Physiology) -- Testing.
Physical education and training.
Unicycles -- Design and construction.
Form Streaming video
Author Bell, Robert, host