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 and other artefacts? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60 000+ years of Indigenous culture?
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.
When: Saturday, August 21, 2021, 10 am – 3 pm
Venue: Redfern Community Centre, 29-53 Hugo Street, Redfern, 2016
Cost: Free – bookings not required
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, 3D printing workshops, 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).
This National Science Week and Sydney Science Festival event is organised by the National Indigenous Science Education Program, Macquarie University and hosted by the Redfern Community Centre. It is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.
Yaegl and Bundjalung Elders and community members
Indigenous Bioresources Research Group
Stone and Bones – www.stoneandbones.com
Aboriginal Astronomy – www.aboriginalastronomy.com.au
BirdLife Southern NSW – https://birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw
Modfab 3D Printing – http://modfab.com.au
Fizzics Education – www.fizzicseducation.com.au
Macquarie University Departments and Centres:
Physics and Astronomy