Indigenous science experience

What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used as bush medicine? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous culture? Find out the answers to these questions and more during the Indigenous Science Experience presented this year for the first time online in National Science Week.

Since 2012, the Indigenous Science Experience at Redfern Community Centre has been highlighting the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the relevance of science to our everyday lives. In 2020, we’re taking our event online with two days of workshops for primary schools (by invite only) and a general public program of workshops and presentations that will span across National Science Week in August.

All online sessions will be free to attendees. They will showcase a wide range of Indigenous and Western STEM activities demonstrated by Indigenous secondary students, Elders and community members and STEM outreach providers from various organisations. The online sessions will include: bush foods and medicines, Indigenous astronomy, Aboriginal artefacts, weaving workshops, global Indigenous engineering practices, physics and chemistry activities, 3D printing, and much more!

“This event is a unique opportunity for the public to learn from the significant and fascinating knowledge in science and technology that Aboriginal Elders and community members possess. I encourage everyone to join our online sessions to learn from Aboriginal Elders and other scientists and activity providers,” says Associate Professor Joanne Jamie, event organiser and co-director of the National Indigenous Science Education Program.

While the schedule for this event is still being finalised, you can follow its progress via the NISEP Facebook page and register via its webpage.

Guest post by Emma Barnes. This National Science Week event is organised by the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), Macquarie University, and Redfern Community Centre. It is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.