What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used in bush medicine? How do Indigenous Australians make axes from stone? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous culture? Find out the answers to these questions and more at the Indigenous Science Experience in Redfern Community Centre on Saturday 20 August.
This free, community event is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and highlights the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to our everyday lives.
“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 come along and have a yarn with the 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 (NISEP).
“There will be activities for all ages – people can yarn with Indigenous Elders on bush medicines, build their own stone axe, learn about Aboriginal astronomy, participate in chemistry and physics experiments and see the wonderful liquid nitrogen show.”
In 2022 some sessions will be held online. Online Weaving workshops and webinars on Harnessing Knowledge of the Land and the Sea and Indigenous History and Artefacts give everyone a chance to participate.
Indigenous Science Experience is presented by the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), a consortium that encompasses science academics, Indigenous Elders and community members, school staff and students and collaborator STEM organisation. It is based at Macquarie University, Sydney. The Indigenous Science Experience Redfern is supported by Inspiring NSW as part of National Science Week.