Thursday 16 July, 2020

Queensland’s AFL Grand Final hopes; Flippy the burger robot; new record in hot dog scoffing competition; and the school made out of Minecraft.



Robot burger flipper:

Wallaroo Primary School: Minecraft edition






An AFL Grand Final in Queensland? Who’d have thunk it? But that’s the word on the footy street after AFL bosses yesterday started making plans to move all Victorian-based clubs to the Sunshine State for the remainder of the 2020 season.

It’s a move being considered as coronavirus cases continue to rise in Victoria – and AFL officials are keen to avoid another shutdown of the competition.

The move follows reports on Tuesday that the NRL was quietly making back-up plans to relocate the competition to Queensland – which so far has had many fewer coronavirus cases – and is considered by game officials to be a safer bet for their players and officials. 

Gosh – it’s going to be crowded up in Queensland. 




Each day we give the world globe a spin and find a news story from wherever it stops .. and today we’ve landed in Los Angeles, in the United States, where hamburgers are being flipped on the grill by a robot.

A fast food chain called White Castle has just introduced the clever cooking robot which places the hamburger steak on the grill, flips it over, and uses heat sensors to know when it’s ready to be transferred to a bun.

And the best bit? Flippy the burger flipping robot is no one trick pony. It has also been programmed to cook fries as well.

Wonder if I can get a Flippy at my house … 




Welcome back to this new Squiz Kids segment celebrating people doing incredible things, records being broken or impressive feats from the sports, science or animal worlds.

And today – we find ourselves more than mildly fascinated with a scientific study that’s just been published setting an ambitious new target in the high-stakes world of competitive eating.

What’s competitive eating? If you can believe it, there are people who compete with one another to see who can eat the most number of hot dogs in ten minutes.

The current world record holder is an American bloke called Joey Chestnut, known as Jaws to his friends, who holds the record after managing to stuff down 75 hot dogs in ten minutes. But according to scientists, the maximum number of hot dogs a human can scoff in ten minutes is actually 84. So Joey’s nine whole hot dogs off what’s physically possible. I feel sick even thinking about that. And it should go without saying that this is not something any of you should try at home.




When confronted with the problem of how to show people around their school in an age where we’re all supposed to be social distancing, the students of Wallaroo Primary school in South Australia turned to Minecraft.

And the results are pretty cool.

By carefully mapping every building, every classroom and every corner of the playground – measuring lengths and areas and perimeters so that everything would be built to scale – Wallaroo’s next generation of builders and engineers set about creating at Minecraft version of their school – to be posted on the school website so that visitors could explore the school virtually. 

The gym, the library, the canteen – and even an enclosure for the school’s pet turtle Squirtle was all faithfully recreated in Minecraft. 

How cool is that? There’s a link in today’s episode notes to a video of the kids’ virtual school building effort. 




This is the part of the podcast where you get to test how well you’ve been listening …

  1. Which football code is moving all its Victorian teams north to Queensland? 
  2. What’s the name of the robot that’s been built to flip burgers?
  3. According to scientists, what’s the maximum number of hot dogs a human could scoff in ten minutes of competitive eating




It’s July 16 … 

And will you look at that? Seems like today is a good day to be born if you’re an Aussie sporting hero … celebrating birthdays today are footy player Wendell Sailor, golfer Adam Scott, tennis champ Margaret Court and Olympic pole vaulter, Steve Hooker. 

It’s also a special day for these Squiz Kids celebrating a birthday today .. Kaleb from Wellington Point, Twyla from Sydney, Katie from St Ives, Bindi from Townsville, Aiden from Greenwood and Hugh from Sydney. 

Happy birthday to you all. 

Today’s classroom shoutouts…Class 3/4 at St Augustine’s School in Maryborough, Classes 6C and 6D from Trinity Beach State School, Mrs Bateman’s Year 3B class and Mrs Ranclaud and Mrs Browne’s Year 1RB class at Bli Bli State School, and Classes 4T and 5/6 Heroes at Jindalee State School. 

The S’Quiz Answers:

  1. AFL
  2. Flippy
  3. 84