Thursday, 21 July 2016
Boomerang throwing, bush medicine and Nyoongar tool making are part of this year’s National Science Week program thanks to a new ECU initiative.
The Wadjak Northside Community Science Exchange brings traditional Aboriginal knowledge and contemporary science together in a fun day of free activities.
The new hands-on community event aims to encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to study and work in STEM-related areas.
Science activities include:
- Traditional Nyoongar tool making and its links to chemistry
- Boomerang throwing and the physics of flight
- Bush tucker and bush medicine and how it links to the environment and sustainability
- Basket weaving and biological sciences, sustainability and environment
- Microscope discovery and biological and environmental sciences
- Identifying fingerprint patterns and unknown odours
- Using polymorph to make boomerangs
ECU Manager of Education Partnerships Caroline Bishop said the Wadjak Northside Community Science Exchange will build on the success of the award-winning community outreach program Old Ways New Ways, also developed by ECU.
“Old Ways New Ways began in 2014 visiting primary and high schools across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, including regional and remote areas," she said.
“It was designed to encourage and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander primary and high school students to study science at tertiary level and ECU has now visited around 2,000 students.
“The Wadjak Northside Community Science Exchange is just one more way we can reach out to potential students and build their confidence in their ability to study science at university,” Ms Bishop said.
The Wadjak Northside Community Science Exchange is on Saturday, 20 August from 10am to 3pm at the Wadjak Northside Aboriginal Community Centre, 2 Finchley Crescent Balga. The event is free and suitable for all ages.
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