Indigenous science experience

By Joanne Jamie

The Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science with a focus on the achievements of young people.

The Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and Indigenous youth and Elder achievements. Part of the Sydney Science Festival and National Science Week, the four-day event at the Redfern Community Centre will demonstrate the value of traditional and contemporary (customary) Indigenous knowledge in science and technology and the relevance of science to our everyday lives.

Presented by the National Indigenous Science Education Program, with support from Inspiring Australia and the City of Sydney, Macquarie University and Charles Sturt University, the Indigenous Science Experience @ Redfern includes a lively schools program and an exciting family fun day for people of all ages.

From 17 to 19 August, local school students will participate in a range of hands-on science activities demonstrated by Indigenous secondary students and an Indigenous science Expo led by Indigenous representatives and science outreach providers. The activities will include household and environment themed examples making the learning relevant to everyday life.

The event will culminate on Sunday 21 August in the Family Science Fun Day at the Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo St, Redfern from 10am – 3.30pm. This event will be free and open to the whole community.

The day will feature activities presented by academic/research scientists, Aboriginal Elders, student peer-educators and other outreach and community leaders. Highlights will include yarning with Wiradjuri and Yaegl Country Elders on bush foods and medicines, making Aboriginal tools, learning about the science of ochre and Aboriginal astronomy, taking part in hands-on science shows led by Indigenous youth, along with maths puzzles, robotics activities, 3D printing and lots of other science and technology activities.

Added to this will be a traditional smoking ceremony and Welcome to Country, and the opportunity to purchase some Aboriginal arts, crafts and food from stalls.

For more information visit the NISEP Facebook page or contact Associate Professor Joanne Jamie (, (02) 98508283). Associate Professor Jamie is the Deputy Head, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at Macquarie University, the Indigenous Bioresources Research Group Co-Director and the National Indigenous Science Education Program Co-Director.