Aligning Western and Aboriginal knowledges

Using existing resources we will provide specific physical examples of Aboriginal engineering that highlight the cultural influence on engineering. These examples will be linked to communities engaged with this engineering still, in some form.

Together these resources will provide a way for teachers and community to learn about this knowledge in a practical environment. It will also provide an in depth knowledge of the different approaches to engineering and engineering thinking that reflect the sustainable and holistic approach of Aboriginal cultures, as well as assist people to learn in an environment that emulates as much as possible the Aboriginal techniques of knowledge sharing.

Learning the knowledge involved learning the culture that surrounds that knowledge, as these two aspects are not separable. This is in itself a lesson in the foundations of sustainability.

Engineering Disciplines Key Concepts Web links and Resource Sites
Aerospace and aviation Design and operation of aircraft, propulsion systems, efficiency, spend and strength http://www.alpha-port.com/nesdesigncontest/pdfs/GreatBoomerangChallengeOverview.pdf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boomerang

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woomera_%28spear-thrower%29

http://www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/10738/western-desert-woomera-fashioned-with-stone.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Unaipon

 

Acoustics How sound generated and propogated http://newt.phys.unsw.edu.au/jw/didjeridu.html
 

Environmental

Preparation of land for growing foods,

harvesting, preserving,

ecosystems

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/rethinking-indigenous-australias-agricultural-past/5452454

http://hsc.csu.edu.au/agriculture/production/aboriginal_land/aborigl.html

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00156229

Biomedical http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acacia_tetragonophylla

http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/bushtelegraph/rethinking-indigenous-australias-agricultural-past/5452454

Construction Material and construction techniques http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-architecture

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/land/aboriginal-houses#toc1

http://www.aboriginalculture.com.au/housing.shtml

Chemical engineering Convert raw materials into useable products http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spinifex_resin

http://ecology.uq.edu.au/content/spinifex-project

Civil Physical infrastructures urban/living environments https://www.australianarchaeologicalassociation.com.au/journal/review-of-gunyah-goondie-and-wurley/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indigenous_architecture

http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/austn-indigenous-architecture

Electrical Electrical energy generation and usage At the time of European arrival in Australia there was also no electrical engineering in Europe
Network engineering Protocols for linking knowledge packets https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Songline

http://dl.nfsa.gov.au/module/1566/

https://japingkaaboriginalart.com/articles/songlines-important-aboriginal-art/

http://www.naidoc.org.au/2016-national-naidoc-theme-announced

Telecommunications Communication
Mechanical Force and energy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woomera_%28spear-thrower%29

http://www.roninfilms.com.au/feature/10738/western-desert-woomera-fashioned-with-stone.html

also http://www.jaunay.com/unaipon.html

Mining Extraction http://www.environment.gov.au/node/19708
Materials Strength and other features, production
Naval architecture Construction and propulsion http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aboriginal_Dugout_Canoes

http://australianmuseum.net.au/Building-a-canoe-noe-nowey/

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2010/08/aboriginal-traditional-canoe-recreated/

Water and waste management

Aquaculture

Physical, chemical, and biological treatment of water http://www.environment.gov.au/heritage/places/national/brewarrina

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brewarrina,_New_South_Wales

http://www.environment.gov.au/indigenous/ipa/declared/lake-condah.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budj_Bim

Project Management Sustainability
Information Technology Teaching knowledge

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