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Being Brave in Times of COVID-19

Cool Australia has partnered with the team at AIME and
IMAGI-NATION{TV} on a new kind of lesson. This is all about inspiring a new generation of thinkers and leaders and that includes both educators and students.



It’s a daily TV show broadcast live on YouTube and it’s a gift for teachers, parents and kids to help make sense of today and imagine tomorrow. Due to school closures early in 2020 because of COVID-19, AIME mentors were no longer able to run their usual programs. In response, AIME created IMAGI-NATION{TV} & the IMAGI-NATION{CLASSROOM} experience to put a mentor in the home every day during the tough times of COVID-19 and beyond.

Content is suitable for primary and secondary students and we are developing lessons from Year 3 through to Year 10. It’s more fun when you watch live and kids can interact in real-time, but we get that sometimes this can be a challenge. So episodes can easily be streamed from YouTube to fit in with your schedule or class times.

Each week, IMAGI-NATION{TV} explores a theme based around the values of AIME:

  • No shame
  • Know yourself
  • Brave goals
  • Rebelliousness
  • Kindness
  • Hope
  • Imagination
  • Failure
  • Flip the script
  • Initiative
  • Freedom
  • Out of the comfort zone
  • Trust
  • Forgiveness
  • Hardwork / discipline
  • Mentors not saviours
  • Change
  • The gift of time
  • Empathy
  • Yes and…
  • Listening
  • Asking questions

Teacher Guided Lessons


Cogs in the Machine

Connecting With Kindness



Years 5 – 10
English, Health, Arts, Music, Interpersonal Development, Creativity

Years 5 – 10
HASS, History, English, Design & Technology, Visual Arts



Students dive into the concept of ‘the Machine’ as it relates to both mechanical effectiveness and societal control. They will experience machine-driven decision-making, embody mechanical processes and have the opportunity to respond artistically to the notion of ‘cogs in the machine’. They will reflect on how breaking free and helping others to do so can impact positively on social equity, community connection and personal relationships. 

Students will experience, witness and design acts of kindness and opportunities for human connection. They will connect with inspiring examples by viewing interviews from IMAGI-NATION{TV} and exploring how they demonstrate the AIME values. Students will critically reflect on what makes a ‘stranger’ and consider safe ways of reaching out to their communities.



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Self-Directed Lessons:

These lessons are designed for kids to work through on their own – in the classroom or at home. Each lesson provides an opportunity for them to reflect, research and create. They guide students through various segments from IMAGI-NATION{TV} and help them dig deeper into the values and topics explored across episodes. The great news is that some of these lessons (or parts of) can be completed more than once because each episode contains unique content. 

What is Imagination?

Hope’s Design Awards

Presidential Speeches

180 Seconds of Wizardry 

Years 7 – 10
English, Work Studies, Arts, Creativity

Years 5 – 10
HASS, History, English, Design & Technology, Visual Arts

Years 3 – 10
English, Drama, HASS, Civics & Citizenship, HPE

Years 3 – 10
HPE, The Arts, Design & Technologies, Science, English

Students will explore the concept of imagination from philosophical, scientific and artistic perspectives. They will understand the theory of imagination, exploring the importance of growth mindset for improving the imagination. They will reflect on how imagination is used to redefine the future and have the opportunity to imagine their own possibilities.

Students will conduct research on the Hope’s Design Award winners and consider the features of – and intentions behind – their work.

Students will use their learning to create their own design for a better future, imagining they are a Hope’s Design Award winner. 

Students will reflect on what makes someone seem ‘presidential’ and what makes an effective speech.

Students will then evaluate speeches made by influential people and use their learning to create their own presidential speech on a chosen theme.

Students will explore what it means to be a skills ‘Wizard’, and the characteristics it takes to become highly skilled at something unique. They will identify and refine techniques related to a skill they are interested in, or already good at, and develop an engaging three-minute performance piece that demonstrates their skill to a trusted audience.

Being Brave in Times of COVID-19

60 Second Questionnaire Challenge

Artist Challenge

Being a Government Guru

Years 3 – 10
Health and Physical Education, English, Drama

Years 7 – 10
English, Science, Work Studies

Years 3 – 10
Visual Arts, Work Skills

Years 5 – 10
English, Civ & Cit., HASS, Geography, HPE, Work Skills and more,

After watching video diaries of other young people’s experiences of COVID-19, students think about the role of their ‘inner voice’ and examine strategies for positive self-talk to help them manage their emotions.

Students will then create a script that demonstrates contrast between the inner and outer voices of a real or imagined character.

Students will watch a 60 second challenge featuring a leader answering questions from the IMAGI-NATION Questionnaire. They will think about the trust and vulnerability involved in answering questions about yourself and when it is appropriate to share or not share personal information. 

Students will watch artists participate in a challenge to create artworks in 25 minutes. They will examine the artworks created by one of the artists, reflecting on their artistic style, message and use of artistic elements. Students will then use entrepreneurial thinking to design their own art series, writing an artist’s statement that expresses their artistic intentions.

Students will investigate what a politician stands for and what he/she has achieved and think about how the decisions of government officials affect others. They will learn about the formal processes for communicating with politicians and how to create a compelling case for change. They will then imagine they are running for government and develop a political platform that earns public trust.

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More about our partners:

IMAGI-NATION{TV} was created as a response to COVID-19 school closures around the globe but is continuing to hold relevance in the teaching community beyond the pandemic. The daily TV show is broadcast live on the Internet, and it’s a gift for teachers, parents and kids to help make sense of today and imagine tomorrow.

The team at IMAGI-NATION{TV} developed this program to address the problem of how to mentor kids during the school closures. Building on the mentoring program established by Jack Manning Bancroft and the AIME mentoring team, they found a very creative solution. We hope their creativity might inspire you!

AIME is an Imagination Factory that since 2005 has been creating pop-up Imagination Factories on university campuses to unlock the internal narrative and the potential of marginalised kids. In Australia 20,000+ Indigenous youth have experienced AIME’s Imagination Factory, helping to solve one of Australia’s most complex social challenges – Indigenous inequality.
AIME designed a transferrable solution that can work across cultures and borders, in the process building the largest volunteering movement of university students in Australian history. Having scaled and proven the model of mentoring in Australia, AIME has now expanded into 6 countries and has launched IMAGI-NATION{TV} direct to homes.



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