The Desert Knowledge Precinct’s (DKP) Edutourism program in Alice Springs is an exciting new program that introduces students to desert knowledge by combining ancient Aboriginal knowledges with the newest STEAM research.
The program is a proud partnership between Desert Knowledge Australia, Geoscience Australia, Centre for Appropriate Technology and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education, sharing our expertise in sustainability and innovation, and promoting the uniqueness of Central Australia. It consists of four packages aligned with the Australian school curriculum, which can be delivered individually or together over two full days. Each includes interactive hands-on activities, engaging conversations with professionals, and learning resources.
Come and experience the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs, a welcoming environment that encourages learning, knowledge sharing and collaboration. We are proud to showcase the expertise we have here on the Precinct, to share our knowledge, and to promote our home: the spectacular and unique Central Australian desert.
Desert Knowledge Australia
Students explore the importance of solar and renewable energy in our lives. They engage with an engineer to learn about our extensive solar demonstration site, with its diverse range of technologies, past, present, and future.
COUNTRY AND CULTURE
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Students learn first-hand about Arrernte culture and explore some of the topics at the heart of the enduring culture of the Arrernte people.
SUPPORTING REMOTE COMMUNITIES
Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd
Students collaborate with STEAM professionals to develop creative technological solutions to overcome the challenges facing remote communities.
EARTH SELFIES IN A CONNECTED WORLD
Students ‘touch and feel’ the role of satellites. They are trained to pilot drones before undertaking challenges that simulate the role of satellites in performing mapping functions.
- 1. What age group is the Desert Knowledge Precinct's Edutourism program designed for?
- Our program can be delivered to students in Upper Primary, Middle, Senior and Tertiary programs. Sessions can also be tailored for other groups by request.
- 2. When and where is the program delivered?
All sessions are delivered at the Desert Knowledge Precinct in Alice Springs. Each session lasts approximately 2 hours, and is delivered Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 11:00 am and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm.
Sessions need to be booked in advance to ensure availability. Choose individual sessions or experience all four packages over two days.
- 3. How do we get to Alice Springs?
- Flights to Alice Springs depart from most Australian capital cities and take between two to three hours.
- 4. How much does it cost?
- Each package costs $25 per person. There must be a minimum of 10 participants in a group, with a maximum of 30.
- 5. Which organisations are involved in the Edutourism program?
- The Edutourism program is a partnership project by Desert Knowledge Australia, Geoscience Australia, Centre for Appropriate Technology, and Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education. The program also features presentations by renewable energy engineers from Ekistica.
- 6. Can you also provide catering, accommodation and transport?
- Morning tea and lunch can be catered by the Precinct’s café. Accommodation and transport are up to you, but we can give you some ideas if you need them.
- 7. Is it safe?
- A risk assessment has been developed in collaboration with local schools and is available on request.
- 8. How can I find out more?
- Email email@example.com, or call (08) 8959 6000.