What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used in bush medicine and soap making? 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.
This free, community open event is a celebration of Indigenous and Western science and highlights the relevance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to our everyday lives.
Come along to get hands-on with a diverse range of interactive science activities accessible to all ages. Activities will include: Yarning with Elders on bush foods and medicines, Indigenous astronomy, maths puzzles, making Aboriginal tools, physics and chemistry activities, and much more! You will also meet Indigenous Elders and student leaders from the National Indigenous Science Education Program who will be assisting in demonstrating the activities.
The event will begin with a traditional smoking ceremony and official welcome (10 am). There will also be the opportunity to purchase food and Aboriginal arts and crafts.
This event is part of National Science Week. It is organised by the National Indigenous Science Education Program, Macquarie University, and hosted by Redfern Community Centre. It is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.
Bookings are not required.
There are currently no restrictions in relation to COVID that will affect this event; however, the guidelines will be periodically assessed and adhered to if the situation changes. Precautions will be taken to ensure that event participants, organisers and presenters can appropriately physically distance from each other. Hand sanitiser will be made available at entranceways as well as ethanol/antibacterial wipes near the activities. If restrictions on the number of people who can congregate are in place at the time of the event, we will ensure this is adhered to.