Celebrate Indigenous science in Redfern

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Redfern indigenous science

Learn more about Indigenous science at Redfern. Picture: Supplied

A one day exhibition in Redfern, Sydney offers families the chance to learn how science is used by Australia’s Indigenous people.

Redfern indigenous science

Learn more about Indigenous science at Redfern. Picture: Supplied

The Indigenous Science Experience day will be held at Redfern Community Centre on Sunday August 19. It’s part of Australia’s National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival.
The event will promote the value of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Science and its important contribution to research and education. It will feature activities presented by academic/research scientists, Aboriginal Elders, student peer-educators, and science outreach and community leaders.
Hands-on activities for younger children include Aboriginal weaving and gumnut jewellery making, creating slime, maths puzzles, examining the microbial world, making a knitted neuron, and checking their balance on the wobble board.
The day is co-hosted by the City of Sydney, National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), Macquarie University and Inspiring Australia as part of National Science Week and the Sydney Science Festival.
Indigenous science

Learn more about Indigenous Science in Redfern on August 19. Picture: Supplied

Associate Professor Joanne Jamie, Director of NISEP, said the annual event was a unique opportunity for the public to learn and experience the significant and fascinating knowledge in science and technology that Aboriginal Elders possess as well as science relevant to our everyday lives.

“Our program aims to foster and develop the confidence and leadership potential of Indigenous youth using science as an engagement tool,” Associate Professor Jamie says.

“I encourage everyone to come along and yarn with Aboriginal Elders and other scientists and engage in a wide variety of activities with our wonderful Indigenous youth and activity providers. People can participate in workshops on 3D printing and making soaps incorporating bush foods and medicines, build their own Aboriginal stone axe, learn about Aboriginal astronomy and their local flora and fauna, participate in chemistry and physics experiments and see the wonderful liquid nitrogen show.”

Details: Indigenous Science Experience Family Fun Day
10am–3pm, Sunday 19 August
Redfern Community Centre 

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