Answering questions about her passion for insect farming, her life-long fascination with bugs and insects, and her various paths to building a STEM business, Skye Blackburn-Lang (aka the Edible Bug Lady) joins us for In Class With… hoping to inspire students to follow their interests just as she has done.
In Class With… Sky Blackburn-Lang
Video Length: 13:36 mins This video is part of our In Class With… series. See more in the series HERE.
Skye Blackburn-Lang always wanted to be an entomologist…
As a child, Skye was fascinated with all living creatures, especially the spiders, butterflies, and other insects in the bushland she grew up nearby. Her unusual childhood pets included ‘Fluffy’ the tarantula and ‘Woodstock’ a giant burrowing roach that blows kisses. By the age of four, Skye knew she wanted to be an entomologist.
Where did Skye get inspiration…
Following her passion, Skye studied bug science (entomology) as well as food science at university (something which at the time, seemed like a strange mix of professions). However, by combining the two, along with her entrepreneurial talent and dedication to sustainable food production, she designed a range of edible insect products that are safe to eat and taste great!
Skye’s company Circle Harvest was Australia’s first farmer of insect proteins and is a world leader in edible insect farming techniques. As Australia’s largest and most advanced insect protein farm, they have even developed robotics and artificial intelligence to streamline their insect farming processes.
Skye, and her trailblazing team, teach people that insects are an eco-friendly and delicious, alternative protein. Skye feels that by educating people about the way that edible insects can be farmed, she can help reduce some of the misconceptions about eating bugs.
Most of all, Skye loves inspiring the next generation to follow their passion to achieve their career dreams, like she has.
Enter the draw to receive a copy of Skye’s Aussie STEM Stars book for your classroom or school.
To find out more about Skye and her amazing adventures, explore her Aussie STEM Stars book published by Wild Dingo Press.
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Hear more from Skye about sustainable food production in this COSMOS Briefing episode.
Aussie STEM Stars Book Series & Teacher Resource
You can explore or purchase a copy of Skye’s Aussie STEM Stars book HERE.
The accompanying teacher resource allows you to guide students on a deeper exploration of Skye’s journey and how she became a STEM superstar.