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Indigenous Science Experience goes online for everyone in 2021

Founder of the first ever all Aboriginal boomerang team “Deadly Returns”, Paul Craft-Burragun (Uncle Boomerang), will present a session about Indigenous History and Artefacts at the 2021 Indigenous Science Experience Online (August 14 to 22).

Paul is a Jagera-Turrbul man Bundjalung-Yugambeh descendant from the areas of South East Queensland and North East NSW. His session on August 17 will explore the use of tools/utensils/weapons and practices by the Aboriginal peoples of Australia both pre- and post-colonial and discuss Aboriginal traditional knowledge which can help with current-day management of resources and the environment.

The Indigenous Science Experience Online consists of a series of free workshops and presentations that will span National Science Week.

Sessions will probe questions like: What can Aboriginal astronomy tell us about the night sky? How is our native flora used as bush medicine? What can we learn about sustainable living from 60,000+ years of Indigenous culture?

They will also showcase a wide range of Indigenous and Western science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) presented by Aboriginal Elders and community members and STEM outreach providers from various organisations.

There is something for everyone, with workshops suitable for children and adults, public webinars, and sessions for Educators.

“The Indigenous Science Experience is a unique opportunity for everyone to learn from the significant and fascinating knowledge in science and technology that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples possess. I encourage everyone to register for our online sessions,” says Associate Professor Joanne Jamie, co-director of the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), Macquarie University.

Since 2012, the Indigenous Science Experience at the Redfern Community Centre has been highlighting the value of traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and the relevance of science to our everyday lives. In 2021, the online format will continue this tradition.

This National Science Week event is organised by NISEP, Macquarie University, and Redfern Community Centre. It is made possible through the support of Inspiring Australia and grant funding from the Australian Government.

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See details of events: https://nisep.org.au/indigenous-science-experience
Note: This is a live online event ONLY; it will not be distributed as a recording.

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