Australia’s First Nations Peoples are not only the world’s longest continuous living culture, but also the first creative scientists. Through experimentation, curiosity, critical thinking and experiential learning, Indigenous Australians have an ever-evolving understanding of the world in which they live.
These skills led to the development of what are now considered STEM skills. How did Indigenous Australians utilise Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics?
This workshop explores a range of Indigenous STEM technologies, beginning with Indigenous Astronomy.
The Indigenous Starwheel consists of a map of the southern skies as perceived by a range of Indigenous Nations across Australia, showing Indigenous constellations at different times of year, and a number of stories from Indigenous Nations told by an Indigenous Elder.
The stories demonstrate not only the social importance of the night sky, but also the application of STEM skills.