The Indigenous Science Experience 2012
Modern Science and Indigenous Customary Knowledge: sharing information and experiences at the Australian Museum (10-12th August 2012)
Aboriginal people have supported themselves here for tens of thousands of years and have a wealth of knowledge about how to manage country and which plants and animals to use for tools, food and medicine. In the modern day, these skills are still relevant and important for people managing farmland and reserves, for scientists and researchers looking at new drug discovery, and for schools and educators seeking ways of bringing a deeper meaning into the classroom.
To explore this area, the National Indigenous Science Education Program (NISEP), based out of Macquarie University, presented a series of workshops, science practicals and seminars at the Australian Museum for school students, educators, scientists and the general public. The program aimed to highlight the interface between Aboriginal knowledge and culture and biomedical research and land management and brought aboriginal people and scientist from around the country to share knowledge & stories.
To assist Indigenous communities engage students in their formal education, NISEP has been involving Indigenous students in practical science activities to demonstrate science experiments based on household chemicals including making slime and investigating disappearing ink, while in the process, putting the students in a position of leadership. Examples of this hands-on Science Experience were available for the general public to participate..