Local students test the first edutourism experiences hosted at the Desert Knowledge Precinct
An education tourism pilot program, designed to showcase the work of the Precinct partners and neighbour Geoscience Australia has been launched at the Desert Knowledge Precinct.
Four experiences have been developed that take students on a knowledge journey through emerging technologies and Arrernte language and culture . The experiences have been designed by DKA in conjunction with Atria Group, a strategy and engagement consultancy, to share knowledge and introduce school-aged visitors to the collective work of the Precinct.
At the DKA Solar Centre students learn directly from a renewable energy engineer from Ekistica Pty Ltd about the cutting-edge technology on the precinct, Alice Springs’ history as a solar city and the importance of solar energy to Indigenous Australians. Students then experiment with solar-powered toys to develop an understanding of the factors that influence solar energy.
The sky above Alice Springs is one of the best places to study the earth. Earth Selfies in a Connected World sees students engage with the role satellites play in scientific imaging and data generation. Working with an instructor from She Flies, each group learns to pilot drones before completing challenges that simulate the role of satellites in performing mapping functions.
Sharing stories and learning about Arrernte culture is an essential part of the edutourism experience at the Desert Knowledge Precinct. Facilitated by Deanella Mack from Cultural Connections NT with Batchelor Institute, Experiencing Country and Culture through Art and Story sees students learn about the role of icons and symbols in painting, to create a unique piece of art to take home with them.
Regional and remote Australia is faced with a unique set of challenges and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Maths) developments are essential to the sustainability of remote communities. Hosted by the Centre for Appropriate Technology Ltd, students partner with STEM professionals in a hackathon-style challenge to design engineering solutions that address some of the these challenges.