Jennifer: Scitech’s Aboriginal Education Program visits both towns and remote Aboriginal communities throughout the Kimberley, Pilbara and Mid-West regions. Last weekend I embarked upon a three-week tour of the Kimberley with my colleague Elisa McGowan. Monday marked the end of our first week, which has been eye-opening, inspiring and thoroughly enjoyable.
Elisa and I have had the opportunity to meet the students at Wangkatjunka and Muludja remote schools, located west of Halls Creek. The students participated in a variety of hands-on activities developed for the “Life and Living” program, relating to science in nature.
Our digital microscope has been a popular feature, consistently provoking an enthusiastic response from students and teachers alike. The students can examine their clothes, hair, eyes and skin under the microscope, and occasionally we find a bump or a scrape which fascinates and amuses the children.
Driving out to the remote communities has been marked by several exciting experiences, including forging a path through a mob of cattle being mustered by stockmen at Liveringa, and our first river crossing in our four wheel-drive at Noonkanbah Station.
While we are based at Liveringa this week we will be making our way to the remote schools in the area, including Wulungarra and Kulkurriya. I look forward to visiting Geikie Gorge this weekend-one of the many stunning features of the Kimberley landscape.