Aboriginal Astronomy Celebrated During National Science Week

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Workshop

  • Sunday 17 August 2014
  • 9am to 2pm
  • Robinson College, Wentworth Road, Broken Hill, NSW

Workshop Participants wanted - celebrate National Science Week by discovering something new about Western and Aboriginal Astronomy!

Then present an entertaining and informative astronomy show to the public, the following Sunday evening.

Special Presentation

  • Western and Aboriginal Astronomy
  • Sunday 24 August 2014
  • 7pm to 10pm (may finish earlier)
  • Robinson College, Wentworth Road, Broken Hill, NSW

For further Information, please read on, scroll down!

Communities in Far West NSW are invited to participate in two upcoming National Science Week events showcasing Western and Aboriginal Astronomy in outback NSW.

Outback Astronomy will conduct a workshop in Broken Hill that will culminate in a free public presentation during National Science Week.

The presentation will provide workshop participants with the opportunity to demonstrate their newly acquired talents to the community. We have been supported with a grant of $3,000 from Inspiring Australia and the NSW Government. Both events will be held in Broken Hill during National Science Week (16-24 August 2014). These events will clearly demonstrate how people may benefit from involvement in astronomy tourism. We'll be giving special attention to exploring how young people might consider science-related studies which will shape their future careers. Broken Hill is a mining community, with a rapidly growing Indigenous population. It has a strong visitor destination appeal.

We have vast, open skies that are simply not seen in highly light polluted cities. On top of this, we have entrepreneurial artists and creative people. There is much opportunity to combine our valuable assets and develop an enviable astronomy-tourism industry here. In the future as Outback Astronomy develops and constructs its permanent facilities, we will be seeking skilled employees with knowledge in western science and Aboriginal astronomy. There is tremendous economic potential for the region in astro-tourism. There is key interest amongst many people in Broken Hill’s mining history, past and present. It adds that enviable dimension that marries in well with astronomy, art, technology and tourism. When the world’s first astronomers, Aboriginal Australians, are added to this equation, we can create and deliver innovative theatre to share with visitors. We have been offering astronomy sky shows at the Broken Hill Race Course since March this year. We plan to feature Aboriginal Astronomy as a prominent component of this astro-tourism offering, however, there are few people anywhere in Australia with sufficient knowledge and skills at present.

National Science Week presents an opportunity to inspire local Indigenous and non-Indigenous people to develop the necessary skills for future employment in this area. Outback Astronomy is partnering with Regional Development Australia Far West (RDA Far West) and Robinson College to host the inaugural Broken Hill National Science Week events. A new initiative to promote awareness of science, the Far West Science Hub, will also be launched during the presentation on 24 August 2014. Created as a lasting entity to promote ongoing science programs the Far West Science Hub is a partnership that will help to create connections between the study of science and future careers. RDA Far West’s manager, Michael Williams says this initiative may be of benefit to local people who are looking for guidance in future life decisions. He says he hopes that the Far West Science Hub will create partnerships comprising local people and organisations who collaborate for the benefit of encouraging awareness of science. Robinson College’s manager, Ann Rogers, says the Far West Science Hub is a quality educational and informational initiative that will encourage the general public to become more familiar with the importance of science in daily life. She says there are science hubs located across many parts of NSW and the Far West Science Hub will join this growing network to promote interest in areas like science, engineering, technology and innovation. She says Robinson College is pleased to be among founding partners launching the Far West Science Hub and encouraged people to support its inaugural event. Further information on the events can be found at www.scienceweek.net.au. The workshop will be held on Sunday, 17 August 2014, from 9am to 2pm.

Outback Astronomy's Linda Nadge will facilitate the workshop and share knowledge and skills in Western and Aboriginal Astronomy. A leading expert in Aboriginal Astronomy will be consulted for the event. Workshop participants will be invited to register their interest with RDA Far West (see www.rdafarwestnsw.org.au). You must be prepared to participate in the full day workshop and be available during the following week for rehearsals at agreed times. Your work will be featured in a public presentation at Robinson College on Sunday, 24 August, at 7pm. The general public is invited to attend free of charge.