The following collaborators and activities will be at the event (see below for descriptions):
|Yarning with Yaegl Elders on Bush Medicines||Fizzics Education|
|Office of Environment and Heritage||Indigenous Bioresources Research Group, Macquarie University|
|Fred’s Bush Tucker||Neural Knitworks|
|Stone and Bones||Australian Museum|
|Birdlife Australia||Department of Chiropractic, Clinics and Research Centres, Macquarie University|
|Aboriginal Astronomy||Microscope Art|
|Numeracy Center, Macquarie University||Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University|
|Modfab 3D Printing|
Yarning with Yaegl Elders on Bush Medicines
As a founding partner of the National Indigenous Science Education Program, the Yaegl community (coastal northern NSW) is at the heart of the Indigenous Science Experience. Come and have a yarn with Yaegl Elders, who will be sharing their broad bush medicines and food knowledge. Indigenous peoples from across Australia possess extensive knowledge of the land and its plants and animals. The Yaegl Elders will share aspects of their unique cultural and medicinal heritage with you.
Stone and Bones
Stone and Bones, run by NISEP’s long term friend and collaborator Dave Harrington, provides educational activities, consultation and teacher professional development, focusing on the amazing richness and resilience of Indigenous cultures and sciences from Australia and around the world. Stone and Bones can visit your school or organisation and provide hands-on, enjoyable activities including making stone tools, learning to light a fire and finding food in the bush. We’re looking forward to Dave showing us how to make stone axes at the Indigenous Science Experience!
Find out more at: www.stoneandbones.com, www.facebook.com/stoneandboneseducation
Office of Environment and Heritage
Yarn with Aboriginal scientists from the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) and learn about the science of soil through their hands-on activities as well as other cultural and science innovations across the State. Working with the community, OEH cares for and protects NSW’s environment and heritage, which includes the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage, and built heritage. OEH supports the community, business and government in protecting, strengthening and making the most of a healthy environment and economy in NSW.
For more information: www.environment.nsw.gov.au
Neural Knitworks aims to engage the general public with brain health messages by crafting textile neurons. Sounds whacky, but the project has been a huge success since its launch during National Science Week in 2014. Through #footyneurons they also aim to raise awareness of concussion injuries and general brain health in sport.
Neurons are cells that carry messages between the brain and other parts of the body. There are billions of neurons in your body, saving your memories, sending electrical signals to every muscle and receiving signals from every sense. Whether you’re a whiz at or new to the joy of craft, with the Neural Knitworks team you can crochet wrap, knit or knot – and find out about neuroscience.
To learn more see: https://www.facebook.com/neuralknitworks/ and #footyneurons
BirdLife Australia is an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose aim is to create a bright future for Australia’s birds. BirdLife Southern NSW will be on hand at the Indigenous Science Experience to teach us about the wonderful world of birds and what we can do to protect them and their habitats. We especially love their Eagle CAM (http://www.sea-eaglecam.org/video.html) which allows you to observe the Centre’s resident pair of White-bellied Sea-Eagles and their newly hatched young. The team will be talking about Flight and Feathers. Learn about wings and how they are shaped for flight. How are feathers adapted? Come fly with us.
Visit the BirdLife Discovery Centre in the Newington Armory in the Parklands at Sydney Olympic Park for a great day out. Free guided bird walks are provided on the last Sunday of the month!
For more information please visit: http://www.birdlife.org.au/locations/birdlife-southern-nsw/Discovery-Centre-sn
The team from Fizzics will be joining us to run their popular Liquid Nitrogen Show, which you do not want to miss! Fizzics Education exists to deliver engaging science to any audience, anywhere. The Fizzics team care deeply about inspiring kids to learn more about the world around them. They provide science programs to approximately 300,000 children each year via incursion and video conference across 400 schools and public spaces throughout Australia and around the world. They also run holiday workshops, science parties, after school science clubs and are involved in a range of events! Check out http://www.fizzicseducation.com.au/ or https://www.facebook.com/fizzicseducation for more info.
Indigenous Bioresources Research Group (IBRG), Macquarie University
Researchers in the IBRG work together with Indigenous communities within Australia and other countries to preserve traditional medicinal knowledge and aid communities in developing this knowledge into educational and health based resources. The IBRG has a 12 year long partnership with the Yaegl community, and many of its members are also involved with the National Indigenous Science Education Program. Members of the IBRG will be present to chat with you about their projects. Take this chance to also find out what it is like to pursue a career in chemistry, biomolecular sciences or microbiology, and what as a scientist you can do to be involved in projects directed at community benefit.
Come and meet an Australian Museum Indigenous Educator to learn about Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander culture, the oldest living culture in the world. You will be given the opportunity to touch and explore artefacts from the Australian Museum’s Indigenous collections, and learn how Indigenous knowledge and technology enabled them to live sustainably for tens of thousands of years.
Check out the Australian Museum’s website for their great range of educator led programs which your school can get involved with or you can take your family and friends to for a great day out!
For more information: http://www.australianmuseum.net.au/museum-educator-led-programs
Walanga Muru – Office of Indigenous Strategy, Macquarie University
Walanga Muru is a Darug language name meaning ‘follow your path’. Walanga Muru seeks to support and assist students on their path to educational success, whilst balancing all other aspects of their lives.
Walanga Muru was formed to support all Macquarie University Aboriginal students and staff, whilst also informing and guiding non-Indigenous staff and students. The team also does outreach to schools. The vision of Walanga Muru is to grow our future Indigenous leaders in their chosen fields and to build the educational aspirations of our youth.
The team from Walanga Muru will be at the Indigenous Science Experience so as to share culture and stories and engage you in their gumnut jewelry making activity.
For more information and to follow Walanga Muru: www.mq.edu.au/walanga-muru, www.facebook.com/walangamuru
Department of Chiropractic, Clinics and Research Centres, Macquarie University
The Department of Chiropractic will be helping us to explore the human body and how it works, through guided, hands-on activities. Chiropractors are concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mechanical disorders of the musculoskeletal system, and the effects of these disorders on the function of the nervous system and general health. Chat with the representatives from the Department of Chiropractic on this interesting area of medicine and why they were attracted to studying and working within this field.
For more information: www.mq.edu.au/about/about-the-university/faculties-and-departments/faculty-of-science-and-engineering/departments-and-centres/department-of-chiropractic
Fred’s Bush Tucker
Fred’s Bush Tucker aims to encourage the acceptance of quality, authentic, Australian Indigenous bush foods and culture. They are committed to providing sustainable products that promote a healthy lifestyle as well as encouraging all to have “Just a Taste” of what Indigenous food has to offer. Fred incorporates the fantastic flavours of native herbs and spices into his range of Indigenous inspired catering options. Come join us as we tuck into one of Fred’s great meals, we’re getting hungry just thinking about it!
For more information: http://www.fredsbushtucker.com.au/, https://www.facebook.com/FredsBushTucker
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Macquarie University
The Department of Physics and Astronomy focuses on teaching and research in the areas of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Lasers, Photonics and Nano-biophotonics, and Quantum Information and Quantum Physics. Representatives from the department will be sharing their knowledge on optics through fun, hands on activities. Remember to ask them what it is like being a scientist and undertaking a career in physics, we need more researchers in this wonderful area!
Come and explore the microscopic world and try your hand at interpreting what you are looking at in the visually striking and intriguing images of animals and plants that are taken by high-powered microscopes in research laboratories. You’ll be surprised when you find out what these wonderful images are actually of!
Modfab 3D Printing
Modfab is a leader in 3D printing workshops for primary, high school and tertiary institution teachers. We also provide training and mentoring to disability and community groups as well as interested businesses in the art of 3D technology. Modfab was invented with a simple premise in mind; to combine the best of 3D printing technology, computer aided drawing (CAD) and design to create opportunities. That’s why we regularly work with teachers, educators, Indigenous leaders and the disability community to innovate, educate and empower. We believe in using this innovative technology to kindle an interest in science, technology and more in the every day.
In collaboration with The Arnhem Land Progress Aboriginal Corporation (ALPA), Modfab trains Indigenous Elders, community members and youth within the communities of Milingimbi and Ramingining in 3D printing and design. Modfab is committed to bridging the digital divide for Indigenous peoples and increasing school attendance through its innovative incentive, Plastic Fantastic, ALPA.
For more information: http://modfab.com.au/
We are empowered by a greater sense of purpose to produce authentic, entertaining video stories and mini-documentaries that create meaningful and emotional connections between your organisation and your community.
The StoryMotive team works with our NISEP student leaders to produce our wonderful event videos. At the Indigenous Science Experience, you’ll get to see this in action as our student leaders conduct interviews across the day, you may even be asked to give your feedback!
Numeracy Centre, Department of Mathematics, Macquarie University
Mathematics is the language of our technological society. It is used across a wide range of research areas and jobs. The Department of Mathematics at Macquarie University has researchers working across analysis, category theory, fluid mechanics, nonlinear dynamics, number theory, optimisation and waves.
The Numeracy Centre is the faculty funded first year maths and stats help centre. The Numeracy Centre supports Macquarie University students with their maths and stats learning. The staff of the centre are committed to community outreach and passionate about engaging people in maths, its usefulness to solve problems and its inherent beauty.
Come and meet members of the Numeracy Centre who will be providing a range of interactive math puzzles aimed at demonstrating how math is all around us and how we can use math to overcome problems.